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Presentation of the MSc Program

Learning outcomes and career opportunities

Admission requirements

Courses and study plan


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Presentation of the MSc Program

The two years Master of Sciences program aims at providing students with the following skills and key competences:

- Capacity to conduct theoretical and applied research in the fields of economics, economic development, poverty analysis and international cooperation and integration; 
- Ability to use economic and econometric methods and tools to analyse and possibly solve socio-economic problems, ability to  develop and manage cooperation programs within national and international organizations, including Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private sector companies with an interests in developing countries; 
- Capability to evaluate and formulate global and sectorial economic policies.


Download the MSc Regolamento didattico valid from academic year 2014-15 (pdf)

Download the MSc Regolamento didattico valid from academic year 2017-18 (pdf)


NEW:  Starting from the academic year 2017-2018, students will have the opportunity to follow the Double Degree program between the MSc Economics and Development (curriculum in Development Economics) at UNIFI and and the University of Goettingen.
UNIFI students will spend their 1st year at UNIFI and their 2nd year at Goettingen, obtaining both degrees.

Learning outcomes and career opportunities

Graduates will be able to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative information from local, national and international datasets. They will also be able to apply decision methodologies and analysis within full or incomplete information frameworks. Their knowledge of economic phenomena will enable them to relate micro and macro phenomena and to use theoretical and applied (including econometric) tools to analyse economic systems, evaluate and formulate economic policies. Courses aim at providing a sound background in economics and quantitative methods, but also allows a multidisciplinary approach (Historic, legal etc).

The MSc in Economics and Development is ideal for pursuing a PhD programme in Italy or abroad (in Economics and or in development Economics) or for a medium-high level entry into research or professional jobs in the field of economic and/or development. Notable careers include academic teaching and research, civil service appointments and posts in national and international organisations.


Admission requirements

Graduates who satisfy the relevant curriculum requirements, in terms of final undergraduate grades and credits (or CFU) as specified below, are eligible to apply. A reference letter from a university professor is strongly recommended. 

Applicants should have a final undergraduate grade with pass proceed (i.e. permit to proceed to graduate studies). Applicants who graduated in Italy should have a final grade of at least 99/110 (for foreign students: if the pass proceed is not indicated it will be calculated and should be equivalent to 99/110). Students who do not fulfil this requirement but are motivated to apply can do so  but may be asked to sit for an interview (that could be done also using telematics techniques) or a test (admission decisions are taken by the Admission Committee - AC). 

As far as the credits (CFU) are concerned, the current academic entry requirements from a BA degree course are to have passed: at least 18 credits of Economics  6 credits of  Statistics, 6 credits of Mathematics. It is compulsory to have  a very good working knowledge (written and oral) of the English Language  (at least a B2 level of the Common European Framework i.e. equivalent to a Cambridge First Certificate). Students who do not meet these academic requirements (in terms of credits or English knowledge), need to pass the “missing” exams before being formally admitted. The “missing” credits can be taken at the University of Florence (as individual exams) or in the University of origin of the potential candidates.  

To satisfy the English language proficiency requirements students need to:

  • give evidence that their undergraduate degree course was taught entirely in English;
  • certify their knowledge at a European B2 level (Cambridge First certificate, TOEFL, IELTS etc.)
  • pass a B2 English language test organised by Dr. Ilona V. Cziraky (, who is in charge of the degree course’s language admission test.  

Furthermore, basic knowledge computer skills (such as writing software and spread sheets) are recommended. Basic Italian is an advantage but is not essential. The Admission Committee -AC (prof.ssa Lisa Grazzini is in charge of the academic admission procedure for the Curriculum Development and prof.ssa Annalisa Luporini Florence for the curriculum Economics) verifies if the entry requirements have been satisfied and in some cases may ask applicants to sit for an interview. The time of the interview can be arranged by emailing prof.ssa Lisa Grazzini, prof.ssa Annalisa Luporini Florence and prof.ssa Giorgia Giovannetti. 

Non-EU students

If you are a non-EU citizen residing abroad, for the academic year 2017/2018 you will have to:

- pre-enroll at the Italian embassy/consulate in your country in the period May-June 2017, according to the timeline set by our Ministry of University;

- apply for the assessment, according to the procedure described in this file (PDF)

A reference letter from a university professor is also required for non-Italian students.

Download the application for assessment (pdf)


For the curriculum Economics the interview will be based on the ECONOMICS SYLLABUS. Students will be told in advance the subjects  of their interviews.


Courses 2017-2018

Courses and study plan

The MSc program offers a range of distinct pathways that can be tailored to the individual student's preferences and needs.  Individual study programmes can be organised around two distinct curricula:

- Economics which provides students with advanced quantitative methods and skills for conducing both theoretical and applied research in economics and for evaluating and formulating policies;

- Development Economics. This curriculum can be maintained general; be tailored to a more Quantitative analysis for developing  Economies, which equips students with advanced quantitative methods and skills for studying economic development phenomena; be oriented more  to Development Studies, with a less  technical and more interdisciplinary approach.

The degree program includes participating to  seminars and short courses, also taught by researchers of the European University Institute or the Syracuse University in Florence, to best take advantage of  the international collaborations undertaken. They may also participate in a study exchange program and/or take up internships.

At the end of the course, students write a Master thesis (15 CFU). During the MSc they will be in the position to acquire all the tools and skills needed to write it.


Download the study plan - students enrolled in 2016 - Development economics
Download the study plan - students enrolled in 2016 - Economics 


Download the study plan - students enrolled in 2017 - Development economics 
Download the study plan - students enrolled in 2017 - Economics 


Director of the master degree program
prof.ssa Lisa Grazzini
ph: +39 055 2759562

Study plan
Curriculum in Economics: prof.ssa Annalisa Luporini Florence
ph: +39 055 2759612
Curriculum in Development Economics: prof. Domenico Colucci
ph: +39 055 2759737

Professor in charge of admissions
Curriculum in Economics: prof.ssa Annalisa Luporini
ph: +39 055 2759612
Curriculum in Development Economics: prof.ssa Lisa Grazzini
ph: +39 055 2759563

Student office
Anna Maria Agostino c/o Scuola di Economia e Management
ph: +39 055 2759021 |
Hours: Monday 11.00 - 12.30; Tuesday 15.00 - 16.30; Friday 9.00 - 10.30


International Student office:

Piazza Ugo di Toscana 5 - Edificio D15 secondo piano
ph: +39 055 2756748/747/749 - Fax +39 0552756.337 |
Hours: from Monday to Friday 9.00 - 13.00 
ultimo aggiornamento: 19-Lug-2017
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