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 EPS master's programme aims at providing its students with advanced and complete training in both economics and political science. Such training should be comparable to that offered by any leading international master's programme in each of the two disciplines separately taken.
Specifically, the EPS master's programme aims at forming professional economists and political scientists. EPS graduates will not only be endowed with high-level analytical and operational skills, but they will also be characterised by such an open and critical vision of economic, political and social issues, and such a cultural depth that could be hardly achieved by attending a programme centred on a single or a prevailing disciplinary field.
EPS students will be able to reach highly qualified theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in each of the following fields: mathematics, probability and statistics, with applications to economic, political and social sciences; econometrics; microeconomics; macroeconomics; economic policy; public economics; welfare economics and politics; history of economic analysis; comparative politics, theory of European integration; positive and normative political theory; decision theory; game theory; social and political choice theory; theory of justice.
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. The EPS degree is designed to train students in covering the following professional profiles: Management specialists and supervisors in Public Administrations, companies and institutions, Human Resource specialists, Work organization specialists, Products and Services marketing specialists, Economic systems specialists, Business Economic specialists, Researchers and Techinicians graduated in social and political sciences.

Function in a work context:
Also due to the fully international orientation of the training received, graduates in Economics and Political Science will be able to find qualified jobs in large and medium-sized companies, especially in those operating in high-tech sectors and with a multinational vocation, in all organizational structures that require high and multifaceted analytical skills, in banks, insurance and financial companies, in central and territorial public bodies, in market regulation and control authorities, in consultancy firms to companies, in freelance activities in all sectors of competence. Master graduates of the EPS course they will also have the most suitable training and professional profile to operate at a qualified level in the industry editorial, cultural and media, in economic-financial, political and cultural journalism, in economic organizations national and international, in trend organizations and interest representation, in public and private bodies of forecasting and research, in the study centers of banks and insurance companies, in research and in university teaching. In particular, the theoretical and methodological training of the master's graduates of the course, as well as their openness to debate of the international scientific community, makes them suitable for undertaking possible academic career paths in Italian and foreign universities both in the economic discipline area and in the political science one.

Skills associated with the function:
It is expected that the master's graduates of the EPS course will be able to propose themselves on the professional field as experts of high level qualification, with multifaceted and versatile knowledge, able to successfully undertake managerial careers or directives in all sectors of economic activity, in private companies, in public bodies, in governmental institutions orsupranational, but also able to successfully continue their studies, as researchers and scientists. In particular, the strong interdisciplinarity of the study paths, between economics and political science, which takes up the challenge of modern societies complex situations should in any case ensure that all master's graduates have the concrete possibility of finding outletsemployment in the jobs listed below by way of example.

Employment opportunities:
These skills are extremely useful for the following professions:
- Diplomatic career
- University career
- Official of international organizations
- Officials in public administrations
- Manager in multinational companies and financial institutions

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; a sound knowledge of spoken and written English. The evaluation process will take into consideration the applicants' prior academic record 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 Micro and Macroeconomics, 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) Proficiency in English at a B2 level or higher per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required for admission. The B2-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre (SLAM) upon admission as follows:
- Language certificate of B2 or higher level issued no more than three years before the date of admission application. You will find the list of language certificates recognized by the University at: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39322. The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
- English level achieved during a University of Milan degree programme and certified by the University Language Centre (SLAM) no more than four years before the date of admission application. In this case the process is automatic, the applicant does not have to attach any certificate to the application;
- Placement test administrated by the University Language Centre (SLAM) according to the calendar published on the website: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39267/
All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be instructed during the admission procedure to take the placement test.
Applicants who do not take or pass the placement test will be required to obtain a language proficiency certificate recognized by the University (see: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39322) and deliver it to the SLAM via the InformaStudenti service by the deadline fixed for the master's programme (https://www.unimi.it/en/node/39267/).
Applicants who do not meet the requirement by said deadline will not be admitted to the master's degree programme and may not sit any further tests.

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.

Note 1: L-5 Filosofia; L-8 Ingegneria dell'informazione; L-9 Ingegneria industriale; L-16 Scienze dell'amministrazione e dell'organizzazione; L-18 Scienze dell'economia e della gestione aziendale; L-20 Scienze della comunicazione; L-30 Scienze e tecnologie fisiche; L-31 Scienze e tecnologie informatiche; L-32 Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e la natura; L-33 Scienze economiche; L35 Scienze matematiche; L-36 Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali; L-37 Scienze sociali per la cooperazione, lo sviluppo e la pace; L-39 Servizio sociale; L-40 Sociologia; L-41 Statistica; L-42 Storia

Note 2: INF/01- Informatica; ING-INF/05 - Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni; ING-IND/35 - Ingegneria economicogestionale; IUS/01 - Diritto privato; IUS/04 - Diritto commerciale; IUS/05 - Diritto dell'economia; IUS/07 - Diritto del lavoro; IUS/08 - Diritto costituzionale; IUS/09 - Istituzioni di diritto pubblico; IUS/10 - Diritto amministrativo; IUS/13 - Diritto internazionale; IUS/21 - Diritto pubblico comparato; 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; M-FIL/01 - Filosofia teoretica; M-FIL/02 - Logica e filosofia della scienza; M-FIL/03 - Filosofia morale; SECS-P/01 - Economia politica; SECS-P/02 - Politica economica; SECS-P/03 - Scienza delle finanze; SECS-P/04 - Storia del pensiero economico; SECS-P/05 - Econometria; SECS-P/06 - Economia applicata; SECS-P/07 - Economia aziendale; SECS-P/08 - Economia e gestione delle imprese; SECS-P/09 - Finanza aziendale; SECS-P/10 - Organizzazione aziendale; SECS-P/11 - Economia degli intermediari finanziari; SECS-P/12 - Storia economica; SECS-S/01 - Statistica; SECS-S/03 - Statistica economica; SECS-S/04 - Demografia; SECS-S/05 - Statistica sociale; SECS-S/06 - Metodi matematici dell'economia e delle scienze attuariali e finanziarie; SPS/01 - Filosofia politica; SPS/02 - Storia delle dottrine politiche; SPS/03 - Storia delle istituzioni politiche; SPS/04 - Scienza politica; SPS/07 - Sociologia generale; SPS/08 - Sociologia dei processi culturali e comunicativi; SPS/09 - Sociologia dei processi economici e del lavoro; SPS/10 - Sociologia dell?ambiente e del territorio; SPS/11 - Sociologia dei fenomeni politici
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 Konstanz, University of Heidelberg), 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.
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 partici pate in internship programmes at institutions such as the OSE - Observatoire Social Européen, and other similar positions at the Social Platform in Brussels.
Internships may also award student credits to be included in their curriculum.
Students are required to attend at least 50% of teaching activities, except for students attending internships or international mobility programs (e.g. Erasmus+, etc.). Furthermore, students with particular health conditions or motivated job necessities, can request a partial exemption to the Didactic Board.

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 40 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
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Exam 21 0 English
Optional activities and 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
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Advanced Computer Skills 3 20 English INF/01
Laboratory Introduction to Coding and Data Management for Economics and Political Science 3 20 English INF/01
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory Public Policy in Government 3 20 English SECS-P/01
Orientation Seminar 3 20 English SECS-P/01
Undefined
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
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
Optional activities and 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
Additional Language Skills: Italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Undefined
Advanced Computer Skills 3 20 English Second trimester INF/01
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
Orientation Seminar 3 20 English Third trimester SECS-P/01
Enrollment
First year enrolment:
Admission
Open with entry requirements examination

Admission

Application for admission: from 22/01/2024 to 30/06/2024

Application for matriculation: from 08/04/2024 to 15/01/2025


Attachments and documents

Admission notice


Please note

Non-EU students visa applicants are required to apply for admission no later than 30 April 2024. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be evaluated and it will in no case be possible to request the refund of the admission fee.