Economics and Political Science (EPS)

Course type
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
English
International title
Double Degree
The design of the EPS master's degree is highly innovative in the Italian university system. Even if inter-disciplinary second-level degrees are not altogether missing in the Italian context, the EPS program was the first master's degree in economics and politics offered by an Italian university and still remains unique in the Italian context.
What is rare in Italy, however, is common in the academic tradition of most EU and non-EU countries. In the English-speaking world, in particular, the undergraduate and graduate programmes in Philosophy, Politics and Economics have represented for more than a century the privileged access to prestigious professional careers in both the economic and the political field, in public and private sectors alike. Similar experiences are also familiar in the French- and German-speaking university systems.
These deeply rooted traditions are another factor behind the intention of organising the EPS degree as a fully internationalised programme, promoting mobility and joint degree agreements with similar courses offered by foreign universities. The language of instruction is English.
The EPS degree is designed to train students in advanced methodologies, analytical tools and quantitative and qualitative techniques used in all fields of economics and political science.
EPS graduates will be ready to undertake a wide array of career paths in multinational companies, political institutions, public organizations, and other professions demanding high intellectual skills, robust technical competencies and versatile knowledge. They will also be well prepared to engage in further academic research in top PhD programmes.
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
The programme is intended for top level international students. About 40 students are expected to enrol each year, which will guarantee an optimal ratio between instructors and students.
Admission is based on academic excellence. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent; a strong interest and/or previous studies in economics, political science or related subjects; undergraduate or graduate training in mathematics and quantitative methods or a strong motivation to quickly fill their gaps in these fields; a sound knowledge of spoken and written English. The evaluation process will take into consideration the applicants' prior academic record, their motivation and performance at the interview (see below).
More specifically, applicants who obtained their bachelor's degrees from Italian Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a "laurea" degree belonging to any one of the "classi di laurea" (degree classes) listed below under the heading "Note 1".
Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a bachelor's degree in economics, political science, or other broadly related subjects (from history to industrial engineering, from management to mathematics, from philosophy to sociology, and so on), provided that their bachelor's degree may be regarded as equivalent to one of the Italian "laurea" degrees listed below.
Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

a) They must have earned at least 60 ECTS credits or equivalent in the following fields: business administration, computer science, economics, law, management, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology or statistics. The ECTS credit value of foreign applicants' undergraduate studies will be assessed by the EPS admissions committee. Applicants holding an Italian bachelor's degree must have earned the required credits within the set of admissible "settori scientifico-disciplinari" (disciplinary scientific sectors) listed below under the heading "Note 2".

Among these, at least 6 credits should have been earned within the following "settori-scientifico disciplinari) (disciplinary scientific sectors): MAT/01 - Logica matematica; MAT/02 - Algebra; MAT/03 - Geometria; MAT/05 - Analisi matematica; MAT/06 - Probabilità e statistica matematica; MAT/08 - Analisi numerica; MAT/09 - Ricerca operativa; SECS-S/06 - Metodi matematici dell'economia e delle scienze attuariali e finanziarie.

Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities should exhibit a comparable academic record or competence in logics, statistics and mathematics.

Candidates will have the possibility to participate to crash-courses of Microeconomics, Mathematics and Statistics organized by the Department. The crash-courses are meant to boost the skills in these three fields.

In the absence of the above requirements, applicants can also prove that they have adequate quantitative skills through satisfactory results in the GRE or GMAT tests.

b) Non-native speakers of English must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English either by showing they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where the language of instruction is English, or during the interview.
IELTS or TOEFL results, if provided by applicants, will be taken into account.

c) GRE or GMAT results, if provided by applicants, will be taken into account.

Applicants meeting the above requirements will be invited to a skype interview.
The degree in Economics and Political Science offers the opportunity to study at several European universities, where students will be able to attend lectures and obtain credits for their degree.
Our partners are selected among the most prestigious academic institutions in France (SciencesPo), Germany (University of Mannheim), Norway (University of Oslo), and other European countries. A bilateral agreement with the Catholic University of Louvain and the Université de Namur (Belgium) allows a limited number of students to obtain a double degree in Sciences Economique and Economics and Political Science issued by the participating institutions. Moreover, an exchange with the HSBC Business School, Peking University Shenzhen (China), has been running since 2014. Finally, a new Exchange program with Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (Moscow, Russian Federation) has been activated in the a.y. 2016-17. The modules offered by our partners include core subjects and disciplines of Economics and Political Science such as Industrial Organization, Welfare Economics, European Law, Comparative and International Politics. The choice of modules is made by students before their departure in collaboration with the programme coordinator; the credits are recognized officially and included in the curriculum at the end of the exchange period.
The degree in Economics and Political Science also offers the opportunity to participate in internship programmes at institutions such as the ITUC - International Trade Union Confederation, OSE - Observatoire Social Européen, ETUI - European Trade Union Institute, EAPN - European Anti-Poverty Networks of Brussels and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macao. Internships may also award student credits to be included in their curriculum.

Strongly recommended

Courses list

First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Game theory 6 40 English SECS-P/01
Optimization 6 40 English SECS-S/06
Research methods 12 80 English SECS-P/05 SPS/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced microeconomics 6 60 English SECS-P/01
International economic law 6 40 English IUS/13
Positive political theory 9 60 English SPS/04
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Advanced macroeconomics 6 40 English SECS-P/01
Comparative politics 9 60 English SPS/04
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global firms and markets 12 80 English SECS-P/08
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Comparative welfare states 9 60 English SECS-P/03
Empirical methods for economics and policy Evaluation 9 60 English SECS-P/01 SECS-P/03
Governance of the European Union 6 40 English SPS/04
Social justice in a global world 6 40 English SPS/04
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 English
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 credits by selecting one of the following alternatives:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Comparative welfare states 9 60 English Second trimester SECS-P/03
Empirical methods for economics and policy Evaluation 9 60 English Second trimester SECS-P/01 SECS-P/03
- Students must earn 6 credits by selecting one of the following alternatives:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Governance of the European Union 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/04
Social justice in a global world 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/04
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Advanced computer skills 3 20 English INF/01
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Orientation seminar 3 20 English SECS-P/01
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Additional Language Skills: Italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Advanced Language Skills: French (3 ECTS) 3 0 French
Advanced Language Skills: German (3 ECTS) 3 0 German
Advanced Language Skills: Spanish (3 ECTS) 3 0 Spanish
Study plan rules
- Students must earn 9 credits for elective activities
- Students must earn 3 credits by selecting one of the following alternatives: Foreign language: advanced; Computer skills: advanced; Internship; Laboratory; Orientation seminars
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Advanced computer skills 3 20 English First trimester INF/01
Orientation seminar 3 20 English Second trimester SECS-P/01
Additional Language Skills: Italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Undefined
Advanced Language Skills: French (3 ECTS) 3 0 French Undefined
Advanced Language Skills: German (3 ECTS) 3 0 German Undefined
Advanced Language Skills: Spanish (3 ECTS) 3 0 Spanish Undefined
1. Optimization is propaedeutic to Global firms and markets
2. Game theory is propaedeutic to Positive political theory
3. Research methods is propaedeutic to Empirical methods for economics and policy evaluation
4. Advanced Microeconomics and Research methods are propaedeutic to Global firms and markets
Location
Milano
Course locations
Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences - Via Conservatorio, 7 - 20122 MILANO
Head of Study Programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate