In order to complete the EFE Master Degree, you need to collect 120 ECTS (CFU in italian), of which:

First year courses are common for both curricula, while second year students follow two joint courses and different classes depending on their curriculum of choice.

Mandatory courses

Mandatory courses are classified in: common to both curricula, specific for Economics and Management of the Agrifood System and for Environmental and Energy Economics students.

Courses common to both curricula

  • First Year courses:
    • Advanced Microeconomics    
    • Economics and politics of the agrifood sector    
    • Environmental accounting and management    
    • Environmental and natural resource economics    
    • Mathematics for economics    
    • Statistics and Econometrics    
  • Second Year courses:
    • Economic History    
    • Environmental and food law    

Courses for Economics and Management of the Agrifood System students (second year):

  • Food chain in the global market    
  • Food marketing and consumer behaviour    
  • Food security and rural development    

Courses for Environmental and Energy Economics students (second year):

  • Economics of growth and sustainability    
  • Energy economics    
  • Global and climate change economics    

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Elective courses

Elective courses can be chosen from any Master Degree in any University you wish (also during your Erasmus stay). Preferably the course should be taught in English, however you can select one in your language of choice.
A complete list of all courses taught in English (at the Università degli Studi di Milano) can be found here. In order to see the course list, you have to select a master degree (such as Economics and Political Science) and then consult its Study Plan.The elective courses should be in line with the EFE course. For example, courses in “Sustainability of food products”, or on “How to carry out an LCA”, are a good choice. On the other hand, a course in “Marine biology” might not be appropriate.The elective courses selected have to be discussed with the Programme Director, Professor Olper.

Students can obtain 3 elective credits (ECTS) also by attending specific laboratories.
Currently two laboratories are activated on the following topics:

  • “An Introduction to Welfare Economics” by Professor F. Donzelli
    I-II term – 3 ECTS
  • “Social Media for Environmental Communications” by Professor L. Orsi
    II term – 3 ECTS

Students interested in these labortories can contact directly the professors.

Students can obtain elective credits (ECTS) also by attending institutional conferences and events. Opportunities of this kind will be advertised directly by the professors (in class) or by the Secretariat (via email).

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Stage and Internship

The stage/internship is linked to the thesis: during the internship you carry out the work that you will have to describe in your dissertation.
Depending on the type of thesis, internal or external, the student will carry out the internship within the University Department or the external firm/office.
For more information on Stage/Internships, click here.

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In order to complete the EFE course and be entitled with a master degree, you need to write a thesis and discuss it during your final exam. The final exam includes the preparation of a presentation and the discussion of your results in front of a Commission composed by professors. After the presentation and discussion, you will be awarded with 0-8 points to be added to your starting grade in order to compose your final graduation grade.