Faculty of: Economics



Academic Year 2023/2024

Duration 2 years

Language Italian

Degree classes LM-56 (Economics)

The Graduate degree programme in Economics, which belongs to the LM-56 class of Economics, is an opportunity for graduates from fields related to or complementary to general economics to deepen their knowledge and acquire skills in the working mechanisms of economic systems.
It is therefore mainly aimed at graduates of the degree classes: L-33 Economics, L-18 Economics and Business Management, L-41 Statistics, L-36 Political Sciences and International Relations, L-37 Social Sciences for Cooperation, Development and Peace and the corresponding classes referred to in the Ministerial Decree of 3 November 1999,no 509, who want to consolidate their previous cultural and/or professional skills.


The following competences, knowledge and skills are specific training objectives of the programme:

  • in-depth knowledge of the interdependencies between real and financial markets in modern economic systems, which are becoming increasingly globalised;
  • in-depth knowledge of how public intervention is organised in modern market economies;
  • the ability to link the reality of economic issues with their social dimension;
  • the ability to understand the dynamics and determinants of the growth evolution in modern industrial and post industrial economies.

The Graduate degree in Economics aims at training economists with a solid preparation according to the highest requirements of the European and international standards, mainly by completing the preparation acquired in the degrees of the classes of Economic Sciences.
This training objective is also pursued through a coordinated set of approaches such as:

  1. In-depth study of the core economic theory and quantitative analysis techniques;
  2. the development of competences and interpretative skills in fields of investigation that show the applicative possibilities of the tools acquired;
  3. attention to the historical and institutional dimension of the economic systems;
  4. development of the ability to apply quantitative methodologies and techniques to the solution of economic and social problems.

Competence profiles

As part of the optional teaching activities, the Faculty has identified combinations of courses that enable the acquisition of knowledge relating to the following skill profiles: Economics (entirely taught in English), Finance and International Markets, Public Sector Economics and Policies, Enterprise, Work and Innovation.

The profile is entirely taught in English and represents the University's flagship course in Economics. The programme is equivalent to a graduate programme in Economics. It provides students with a solid training in Economics emphasising rigorous analytical thinking and advanced quantitative methods. Faculty members are internationally recognised economists.
Our aim is to train economists suited both for academic and non-academic careers.
During the first year, students will study the foundations of Economics and quantitative analysis, whereas the second year is devoted to field courses that will expose them to recent developments at the frontier of economic
research in a variety of topics. At the end of the second year, students will work on their final dissertation.
Besides taught courses, the study plan also offers an internship programme with either economic research institutions (mostly located in the Milan area) or within the University's Department of Economics and Finance, where students are offered the opportunity of working as applied economists on real world economic issues, as well as meeting prospective employers.
The skills acquired through the Economics programme prepare students to pursue their careers both in academia through further education at the PhD level as well as in the labour market as applied economists in firms, banks and institutions.
The programme is now at its tenth edition and so far it has performed very well in terms of placement in the labour market (World Bank, Bank of Italy, Eurizone, Deloitte, Oxford Policy Management, Intesa San Paolo, Chatham House) and in the academia (some of our student are completing or have completed their PhDs at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, University of Nottingham, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, and at Cattolica itself, and include winners of prestigious scholarships granted by the Bank of Italy).

This profile aims at training professional figures who want to work in the international economic-financial-monetary field. It provides comprehensive and in-depth economic and technical training with a view to employment as an economist and/or professional figurededicated directly or indirectly to portfolio management in financial markets, both domestic and international, in the management of companies with international reach and in international organisations (European Union, OECD, International Monetary Fund). It also provides a solid basis for further study and research in the field of international economics, monetary economics and finance.

The profile aims to provide students with scientific and professional skills (both theoretical and applied) directed towards a twofold objective:

  • examining the modalities in which the modern market economy works;
  • analysing the forms and characteristics of public intervention in modern economic systems and discuss their reasons, instruments and constraints.

It provides the professional skills required in regional, national and international institutions (European Union, OECD, World Bank, International Monetary Fund), both public and private, in the supervisory and regulatory authorities and in the research departments of financial institutions and large companies.
This profile can also represent a solid starting point towards scientific research in the field of economics, public economy, economic policy and welfare.

The profile will enable the student:

  • to analyse the ways in which companies interact in the markets, the development mechanisms of the productive sectors and the relations between the political structure and the market;
  • to acquire the necessary skills to operate in markets characterised by a strong presence and rapid diffusion of new technologies and to provide suitable tools to analyse innovative processes of production and marketing of goods;
  • to provide human resources capable of transfer of general knowledge and specific competences in the field of personnel organisation, career and incentive planning and corporate performance evaluation.

The profile therefore aims to train experts to perform a variety of functions in companies, international organisations, regulatory authorities, with tasks in business economics, human resource management and incentive systems.