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M.Sc. On Campus Blended

Agricultural and Food Economics

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

24 months
Duration
8690 EUR/year
3600 EUR/year
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Tuition fee
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About

The Agricultural and Food Economics programme at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, boasts one of the world’s most renowned teams of Agriculture academics, scientists and researchers; a team at the forefront of food innovation and technology, whose expertise extends to developing tracking systems for any product transported across the European Union. 

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Overview

The degree is taught by SMEA, the Graduate School in Agricultural and Food Economics . It has a long experience in research concerning agricultural economics and policy, the industrial organisation of the food sector and the analysis of the functioning of the food supply chain. This experience relates both to academic research and to support for policy-makers, since the researchers of the team have developed a long experience of collaboration with international organisations (i.e., European Commission, OECD, FAO and World Bank), government agencies and producer associations.

The Agricultural and Food Economics programme at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore  will prepare students to analyze the agri-food system and to operate in the various functional areas of businesses and organizations. The programme 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

SMEA graduates are rewarded with various professional openings, all characterised by a strong international dimension.

Some examples:

  • managerial positions in agri-food corporations (multi-national food companies, small and medium enterprises, retail chains);
  • managerial positions in professional associations linked to the agricultural and food sector;
  • consultants for agricultural and food companies;
  • professional positions in international organisations;
  • research positions in universities or applied research companies.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Management basics
  • Financial accounting and business evaluation
  • 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 econometrics for the agri-food system

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • We strongly advise non-EU students residing abroad to apply by April 15, due to the restrictive and lengthy nature of visa application procedures.

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.  

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8690 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8690 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • European residents: A student may pay from €3600 to a maximum of about €9300 per year. (depending on the family income)

Living costs for Cremona

600 - 950 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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