M.Sc. Economic and Social Sciences

Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi | Milan, Italy
The Master of Science in Economic and Social Sciences is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary program. It offers a thorough grounding in the field of economics and provides broad skills and solid foundations through a unique combination of quantitative methods and social sciences.

Description of Economic and Social Sciences

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This program is wide-ranging and interdisciplinary. It offers a thorough grounding in the field of economics and provides broad skills and solid foundations through a unique combination of quantitative methods and social sciences.

In particular, graduates develop the ability to interpret the economic and social processes that are typical of societies at all stages of development. These interdisciplinary capabilities are appreciated both by the job market and by PhD recruiters. Students have the opportunity to get in touch with top-level researchers and choose from a set of international experiences (exchange programs and internships).

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Master of Science in Economic and social sciences has the following educational objectives:

  • provide advanced studies in theoretical and applied economics, to understand key aspects of current economic and social systems necessary to carry out highly qualified professional activities in the socio-economic field;
  • allow the student to personalize advanced studies in specific areas of theoretical economics (e.g. microeconomics, macroeconomics, monetary economics, development economics) aimed at pursuing the required competences or to enroll in a PhD program at national or international level or to access in roles of applied economist in companies or institutions;
  • complete the economic and quantitative studies providing competences in subjects as business and juridical, so as to develop interdisciplinary problem analysis skills;
  • develop competences via educational activities inside and outside the classroom which promote student-teacher interaction and interaction between the students themselves as well as complex problem analysis and problem solving skills, ability to present and discuss the results of one’s work;
  • promote competence (in the business area) in the use of English and of a second EU language to work effectively and efficiently in one’s profession.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Possible career opportunities are:

  • Professions with strong research content, such as positions within international organizations, public or private research centers, consulting firms, the economic press, and professional academic careers in the areas of economics,statistical analysis, economic history, social sciences and applied mathematics
  • New professional contexts in which economists are strongly required, such as regulatory authorities, central banking, nonprofit organizations, innovative areas in public administration, such as diplomacy and international commerce
  • Applied statistician analyzing sociodemographic trends on behalf of firms and corporations, and other economic or financial organizations
  • Company positions that require high-level analytical skills

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline October 2015
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 Year (EEA)
Start date  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Program Structure

The program is made up of courses which can be divided into the following areas: analysis and statistics, economics, and social sciences.

In the second semester of the first year, students personalize their curriculum through elective courses, which pertain to the three main areas: General Economics, Applied Economics, and Econometrics and Quantitative Methods.

Students choose a foreign language based on the graduate program instruction language and on their native language (which cannot be chosen as a foreign language). In classes taught in English, in order to get the language credits required for the degree, international students must study Italian plus another European language to be chosen from among French, German, Spanish, Portuguese or English.

Native Italian speakers must study two other European languages.

Please note that the course requirements may be subject to change.

Program Structure

First year

Semester I

  • Advanced mathematics for economics and social sciences
  • Advanced statistics for economics and social sciences
  • Institutions, government and society - module I
  • Competition Law

Semester II

  • Econometrics
  • Institutions, government and society - module II
  • 3 elective courses
  • First foreign language (lessons only)
  • Second foreign language (lessons only)

Second year

  • 4 elective courses
  • First foreign language (lessons + exam 1st semester 2nd year)
  • Second foreign language (lessons + exam 1st semester 2nd year)
  • Internship or similar activities
  • Thesis

Total credit points - 120

Please consider the following rules while choosing the 7 elective courses:

  • at least 2 from the General Economics group
  • at least 1 from the Applied Economics group
  • at least 1 from the Social and Quantitative Fields group
  • 3 free choices

General Economics group

  • ADVANCED MACROECONOMICS, in English
  • ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS, in English
  • DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, in Italian and in English
  • GAME THEORY: ANALYSIS OF STRATEGIC THINKING, in English
  • MONETARY POLICY, in English
  • POLITICAL ECONOMICS - ADVANCED, in English

Applied Economics group

  • ADVANCED ECONOMETRICS, in English
  • BUSINESS AND POLITICS, in English
  • COMPETITION POLICY, REGULATION AND LIBERALIZATIONS, in English
  • ECONOMIA DELL'ENERGIA, in Italian
  • ECONOMICS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION, in English
  • LABOUR ECONOMICS, in English
  • MICROECONOMETRICS, in English
  • MONETARY POLICY AND FINANCIAL REGULATION: ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY, in English
  • POLICY EVALUATION, in English
  • PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE, in English
  • PUBLIC ECONOMICS, in English
  • TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS, in English

Social and Quantitative Fields group

  • BAYESIAN STATISTICAL METHODS, in English
  • BEHAVIOURAL MODELS AND NEUROEXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE: APPLICATIONS IN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE, in English
  • COMPARATIVE BUSINESS HISTORY: COMPETITION AND GLOBALIZATION, in English
  • COMPARATIVE POLITICS, in English
  • GLOBALIZATION IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: ECONOMY, POLITICS AND INSTITUTIONS, in English
  • POPULATION DYNAMICS AND ECONOMICS, in English
  • SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC NETWORKS, in English
  • SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS, in English
  • STORIA, ISTITUZIONI E CRISI DEL SISTEMA FINANZIARIO GLOBALE, in Italian
  • TIME SERIES ANALYSIS OF ECONOMIC-FINANCIAL DATA, in English

The educational offer for elective courses is subject to change.

Requirements for Economic and Social Sciences

Applicants can enter the selection process if they acquire/have acquired a valid and recognized 1st cycle qualification (Undergraduate level) by October 2015 (or in any case by the first graduation session after the summer break).

The categories of applicants vary depending on the location of the University.
In details, there are three different types of applicants:

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Graduates and final-year undergraduate students from universities abroad are considered International applicants.

Preferential consideration is given to applicants whose undergraduate work is still underway or was concluded less than two years prior to the moment of application. Applicants with other profiles are considered subsequently.

BOCCONI APPLICANTS

Bocconi Graduates and final-year undergraduate students are considered Bocconi Applicants.

For Bocconi applicants, no checks are required regarding clearing additional educational debits as they originate from Università Bocconi’s Economics department and admissions deems elements for verification to include meeting the curricular requirements and suitability of personal background. Approximately 65% of the total available spots are made available to Bocconi applicants and, in particular, up a maximum of 60% of available spots in the “early session”.

ITALIAN APPLICANTS

Graduates and final-year undergraduate students from other Italian universities (not Bocconi) are considered Italian applicants. Please visit the Italian website for more information and verify there the application deadlines for Italian applicants.

We specify that:

  • Only for English-language class groups, up to 30% of places available are reserved for applicants of non-Italian citizenship (regardless of where they completed their undergraduate studies)
  • Students enrolled in a Double Degree program should participate in admissions according to the first University of enrollment. For example: students enrolled in a Russian University for a Double Degree program with an Italian University should participate in the admissions process as an INTERNATIONAL Applicant
  • Graduate or transfer applicants from other foreign or Italian MSc Programs may participate in any session of the selection process according to the applicants' category. After the admission they must follow specific criteria in order to ask for the recognition of credits/exams already passed.

Work Experience for Economic and Social Sciences

No work experience is required.

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