M.Sc in Agricultural and Food Economics, Italy 2019

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Study in:Italy
26 days
Deadline: 15 May 2019


If you would like to study for a graduate qualification in the world’s fastest growing industry, then the Agricultural and Food Economics programme at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore will open your doors to the world.

Learning objectives

The program, organized in the context of the SMEA Graduate School, will prepare students to analyze the agri-food system and to operate in the various functional areas of businesses and organizations. The program will develop professional knowledge and skills with regards to:

  • analyzing traditional problems relating to agricultural markets and food, evaluating the implications of agri-food and commercial policies;
  • managing the liberalization processes and rules of free competition also within an international context;
  • analyzing the behavior of final consumers with respect to agricultural and food products;
  • understanding the different sectors of the agri-food system, the vertical relations and the coordination of the various phases of the system (e.g. agriculture, food processing and food retailing);
  • managing emerging issues in agricultural and food production, including the safety of foodstuffs and the environmental impact of agricultural activities, the role of quality, information and traceability, the management of technical innovations, in particular biotechnology, and of the industrialization of agriculture;
  • dealing with corporate and logistical problems that affect business functions according to the peculiarities of agribusiness companies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Agricultural and Food Economics program have various professional openings in:

  • Agri-food corporations (multinational food companies, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises [SMEs], retail chains)
  • Professional associations of agricultural and food companies service and consultancy firms for agricultural and food companies
  • Entrepreneurial activities
  • Academic or applied research
  • International organizations

Program Structure

Courses included:

  • Principles of food protection
  • Principles of food hygiene
  • Economics of the agri-food system
  • Microeconomics of the agri-food system
  • Applied statistics for the agri-food system
  • Applied agricultural and food economics
  • Strategic decision making
  • Agricultural and food market institutions
  • Agricultural and food marketing
  • Economics of agricultural and food markets
  • Business planning and control
  • Strategy and leadership

Academic Requirements

  • Eligible candidates need to hold an undergraduate degree obtained after a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS), which satisfies the requirements for access to second-level academic studies in the awarding country. If candidates have undertaken less than 15 years of total schooling, they may not be eligible for admission to a Laurea Magistrale.
  • The degree has to be issued by a higher education institution which is regularly accredited or recognized in the awarding country.
  • The degree and related studies undertook so far need to be in a subject which is relevant to the chosen Laurea Magistrale. Candidates best suited for the program have studied basics of Mathematics and Economics at undergraduate level.
  • The academic board will evaluate candidates’ academic and personal background and decide if they meet the specific conditions for admission.


The UCSC International Scholarship is an annual tuition fee reduction promoted by Università Cattolica in order to foster the access of international student to the degree programs. The discount covers about 30% of the total cost. Applicants are notified of the award by e-mail when they receive an offer for admission.

This scholarship is automatically extended from year to year for the normal duration of the degree program. Successful candidates must maintain full-time enrolment status in order to finish their degrees on time. Should the candidate be unable to graduate on the expected date, all additional costs will be at the student’s expense.

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