M.Sc. Agricultural and Food Economics (Piacenza-Cremona campus)


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Program Description

Università Cattolica’s Cremona campus 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. If you would like to study for a graduate qualification in the world’s fastest growing industry, then a beautiful city in the heart of the Italian food valley will open your doors to the world.

Learning objectives

The program 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 your professional knowledge and skills.

Career opportunities & professional recognition

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

A class that makes a difference

The M.Sc. in Agricultural and Food Economics is comprised of international students and Cattolica’s domestic students.

Faculty & teaching staff

The M.Sc. in Agricultural and Food Economics boasts a rich learning platform fostered by committed teaching staff who are professionals in their field and always available to assist students. Guest lecturers from abroad and local firms also make the course exclusive.

Can I learn Italian while studying?

Italian courses are not embedded in the M.Sc. in Agricultural and Food Economics curriculum, however, you are encouraged to follow the Italian Language & Culture Courses (a small extra cost), taught by a team of qualified and experienced native Italian speakers.

Are there internships opportunities?

Internships are not mandatory in our M.Sc. in Agricultural and Food Economics program, though highly recommended in order to boost your University experience and gain new practical skills. Our career service, Stage & Placement, is at your disposal.

Can I work while studying?

Yes. Non-EU students entering Italy on a VISA are permitted to work part-time (20 hours per week).

First-year courses

  • Management basics
  • Technology for food health and safety:
    • Principles of food protection
    • Principles of food hygiene
  • Economic fundamentals of the Agri-food system:
    • Economics of the Agri-food system
    • Agricultural and food legislation
  • Quantitative methods:
    • Applied statistics for the Agri-food system
    • Applied agricultural and food economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Financial accounting and business evaluation
  • Optional courses
  • Seminars

Second-year courses

  • Agricultural and food market institutions
  • Agricultural and food marketing
  • Economics of agricultural and food markets
  • Business planning and control
  • Strategy and leadership
  • Final dissertation

General graduate requirements

  • You need to hold an undergraduate degree, obtained after a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS) and in a subject which is relevant to the chosen degree course. If you’ve undertaken less than 15 years of total schooling, you are not eligible for admission to a graduate program. Your application can be evaluated for a transfer to an undergraduate degree program
  • Cattolica will evaluate your academic and personal background and decide if you meet the specific conditions for admission to the graduate degree of your choice
  • You must obtain your undergraduate degree by the end of July 2015 (September for EU students).

English language proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to either:

  • Have a TOEFL iBT overall score of at least 80 or an Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0; or
  • Have successfully completed a degree program taught in the English language

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the largest private university in Europe boasting over 41 000 students across 12 Schools. Cattolica distinguishes itself for its multidisciplinary curriculum, i ... Read More

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the largest private university in Europe boasting over 41 000 students across 12 Schools. Cattolica distinguishes itself for its multidisciplinary curriculum, industrial ties, and strong international focus. Read less
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