Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Resource Economics and Sustainable Development

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2018/2019
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8839
Degree Programme Class LM-56 - Economics
Years in which the programme is being held Every year
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Rimini
Type International Degree Programme
Degree Programme Director Elettra Agliardi
Teachers Teachers
Language English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Access requirements

To be able to profitably follow the 2nd CycleDegree Programme in Resource Economics and Sustainable Development, studentsmust possess the following knowledge:

- English language (B2 level).

Admission to the 2nd cycle degree program isalso subject to the possession of the following curricular requirements:

  • A 1st cycle degree in one of the following classes, or other suitable qualification obtained abroad::

- ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 270:

L-13 Biological Sciences

L-18 Economics Sciences and Businessadministration

L-21 Town, regional and environmental planning

L-25 Agricultureand Forestry

L-27 Chemical Sciences

L-29 Pharmaceutical Sciences and technologies

L-32Environmentale and natural technologies

L-33 EconomicSciences

L-36 Political Sciences and internationalrelations

L-41 Statistics

L-43 Conservation and restoration of culturalheritage

- ex. ItalianMinisterial Decree no. 509/99 :

classe 7 (Town, regional and environmentalplanning)

classe 12 (Biological Sciences)

classe 15 (Political Sciences and internationalrelations)

classe17 (Economics Sciences and Businessadministration)

classe 20 (Agriculture, food industry andforestry)

classe 21 (Chemical Sciences)

classe 24 (Pharmaceutical Sciences andtechnologies)

classe 27 (Environmentale and naturaltechnologies)

classe 28(Economic Sciences)

classe 37(Statistics)

classe 41 (Technologiesfor conservation and restoration of cultural assets)

  • Previous four-year degree programme system:

4 year degree achieved in any Faculty ofEconomics or other qualification with the same legal value

  • Three-year university degree :

D. U. achieved in any Faculty of Economics orother qualification with the same legal value.

If no degree certificate and/or above-mentionedcredits have been obtained, admission to the 2nd Cycle Degree Programme issubject to the assessment by a Board to ascertain the required skills andcompetencies through the evaluation of the candidate's curriculum and any otheruseful documents.

The Board, appointed by the Degree Council,will schedule deadlines for intakes from February through December. Theschedule will published on the University of Bologna website.

If the Board considers the candidates' level ofknowledge and skills to be satisfactory, graduates will be allowed to enroll ina test to assess their personal competences and skills as follows.

Assessment of knowledge and language skills

Admission to the degree program is subject tothe assessment of knowledge and skills in the English language, attested withB2 level certification.

Students holding: a corresponding languagecertification, graduates in a degree program taught in English, English nativespeakers and graduates in English language and literature and equivalent, andgraduates with a minimum of 30 cfu in transcript of records, for teachingactivities taught in English may be exempted from sitting this exam.

The Degree Program may require students torecover any initial deficit by December 31, if they are assessed to below levelB2 on admission.

Assessment of personal competences and skills

Admission to the 2nd Cycle Degree Programme issubject to the possession of the described curricular requirements and to thepassing of a test to assess the students' personal competences and skills,which will be done as follows:

- The assessment of the candidate's curriculum,the evaluation of the previous degree, motivation letter and any other usefuldocuments that the candidate may submit to the previous mentioned Board.

Second Cycle Degree Programmes may include aspecific session for international students, appointing a Board to assesspersonal competences and skills, compatibly with the schedule laid down in thecall for applications for study grants (the deadline of which is indicativelyin May).

International students who pass theabove-mentioned entrance exam are exonerated from the following assessment oftheir personal competencies and skills required for students generally.

Programme profile

Graduates of the 2nd cycle degree programme in Resource Economics and Sustainable Development (RESD) are highly qualified environmental economists who are able to hold positions of responsibility in (national and international) research centres as well as local, national and international organisations and private businesses.

The study programme delivers in-depth knowledge of applied economics and quantitative techniques, particularly for the analysis of environmental problems affecting natural resources and acritical understanding of the complex interaction between economic decisions, market forces, economic policies and the natural environment. Grafted onto a solid foundation of economic knowledge, this distinguishes RESD graduates for their ability to critically assess the qualitative and quantitative implications of environmental policies and their ability to autonomously produce research, forecasts and plans on the evolution of the natural resources markets and take part in the design, production and marketing of products which are compatible with the use of natural resources, with a view to sustainable development. The degree programme also includes a number of course units in individual natural resources, the use of resources, as well as the institutional framework of markets and competitive business strategies.

The core course units present the basic theoretical fundamentals of resource economics and the concept of sustainability and the main tools for empirical analysis. The elective courses allow students to tailor the programme to their own professional goals and the need for more fundamental or applied aspects, and to develop an interdisciplinary profile, as required by the multidisciplinary nature of the subject in hand.

The theoretical fundamentals of the core course units cover the relationship between the use of natural resources, business strategies and system sustainability. They also cover the main methodologies of empirical and econometric analysis and the main evaluation and decision making methods. RESD graduates are able to formulate conceptual and mathematical models, gather data and apply the appropriate evaluation methods, estimate parameters and assess qualitative and quantitative results. The interdisciplinary elements of the study programme allow RESD graduates to interact profitably with the main sector stakeholders, to acquire the information necessary for evaluation and decision making processes. These elements provide RESD graduates with the skills required for a successful career as experts in international business strategy, allowing them to define sustainable business strategies which can lead to competitive advantage. By integrating the theoretical and empirical knowledge with elective course unit stackling the problem of innovation and growth, measuring well-being and social sustainability as well as the issues of the effectiveness and efficiency of economic policy tools, graduates are increasingly able to act as economic and environmental consultants, steering economic policy in energy and environmental areas. The elective course units covering the problems of a) economic development, b) territorial development, planning and management, c) spatial interaction of individuals, orient graduates more towards the professional figures of local and regional economic development programming expert and territorial/environmental planning expert.


More information

Cooperation agreement between University of Bologna and Johns HopkinsUniversity

The LaureaMagistralis/Master Degree in Resource Economics and sustainable Development-University of Bologna signed an agreement with the Master of Arts inInternational Affairs (MAIA) of John Hopkins University- School of Advancedinternational Studies (SAIS)

Expected learning outcomes


Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (PhDprogrammes) and further Master Degrees.

Career opportunities

ECONOMIST SPECIALIST IN REGIONAL AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES AND PLANS

function in a professional context:

- Deals with the direct and indirect, present and future economic, social and environmental impacts associated with sustainable programming and planning;

- Deals with the adoption of policies issued in the energy and environmental fields affecting various kinds of businesses, to verify and promote sustainable development in different projects;

- Estimates economic, social and environmental impacts, assessing qualitative and quantitative results.

- Excellent knowledge and ability to apply direct (based on the analysis of preferences expressed by the population or other units) and indirect (based on the measured preferences) evaluation methods;

- Coordinates research activities: coordinates research groups working on both empirical research (data collection and/or measuring), theoretical analyses and programming or planning;

- Collaborates with experts from other disciplines, both to collect the data required for the studies and to design optimal development strategies.

competencies associated to the function:

- Ability to research the interdisciplinary areas required to perform statistical and economic analyses on economic, social and environmental topics;

- Ability to apply energy and environmental policies focusing on sustainable development;

- Ability to work with experts from other disciplines to organise and design the best sustainable development strategies;

- Ability to design appropriate sustainable development strategies.

career opportunities:

- Local authorities;

- National and international research bodies;

- National and international consulting firms;

- Energy Management sectors of businesses with a high environmental impact.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STRATEGY EXPERT

function in a professional context:

Researcher or manager of environmental certifications, based on analyses of the economic assessment of environmental damage and the benefits of specific environmental strategies.

This professional figure:

- Assesses environmental impacts (use of resources and production of pollution);

- Collaborates with/coordinates other professional figures to implement industrial projects in the field of energy and sustainable development;

- Performs economic, environmental and social estimating activities, evaluating qualitative and quantitative results: economic damage or benefit assessment methods applied to environmental assets.

- Excellent knowledge and ability to apply direct (based on the analysis of preferences expressed by the population or other units) and indirect (based on the measured preferences) evaluation methods;

- Coordinates research activities and research groups working on both empirical research (data collection and/or measuring), theoretical analyses and programming;

- Collaborates with experts from other disciplines, both to collect the data required for the studies and to design optimal strategies.

competencies associated to the function:

- Ability to research the interdisciplinary areas required to perform statistical and economic analyses on environmental topics;

- Ability to work with experts from other disciplines to organise and design the best environmental strategies;

- Ability to manage energy and environmental projects using an integrated approach of economic, technical and process-based aspects;

- Ability to design appropriate environmental strategies.

career opportunities:

- National and international businesses and bodies interested in environmental certification;

- National and international consulting firms;

- Industrial concerns in the energy and environmental field;

- Research bodies in the energy and environmental field.

TERRITORIAL/ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING EXPERT

function in a professional context:

Territorial/Environmental Planning Experts identify and design appropriate intervention methods, organising and managing territorial analysis procedures. They work in environmental recovery and requalification, organising and managing resources, parks and protected areas. They may also play a role in the design and implementation of local infrastructures.

This professional figure:

- Analyses and proposes alternatives for resource management (e.g. land, air, common property), highlighting the respective economic values also to propose appropriate tariff packages where required/pertinent;

- Plans interventions with high environmental and social impacts on the territory, monitoring the defined environmental restrictions and promoting sustainable development;

- Recognises and economically assesses the environmental problems associated to different alternatives (e.g. pollution, congestion, noise, harm to human health and biodiversity);

- Collaborates with experts from other disciplines, organising and designing the best management of local resources, parks and protected areas and infrastructures.


competencies associated to the function:

- Competencies for designing and performing surveying campaigns, processing and interpreting data on the physical, naturalistic aspects of ecosystems and populations (animals, plants, etc.), in order to select the protection and enhancement strategies and the relative criteria for the management of territorial and environmental resources;

- Ability to recognise and assess the environmental and economic problems associated to alternative uses of resources in terms of both supply and demand;

- Ability to plan complex sustainable development projects, analysing financial, economic and regulatory aspects.

career opportunities:

- Local authorities;

- National and international research bodies;

- National and international consulting firms;

- National and international organisations and agencies;

- Businesses working in the environmental and energy fields.

ECONOMIC-ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT

function in a professional context:

Researcher/Expert in environmental analysis for (i) the economic assessment of environmental damage (in the event of adverse anthropogenic and other events) and the corresponding benefits of preservation activities and (ii) the design and strategic planning of environmental policies.

This professional figure:

- Deals with the problems linked to the use of resources (e.g. land, water, fishing resources, petroleum, gas), pollution and the waste disposal/management (e.g. best waste collection methods);

- Monitors energy quality parameters in industrial contexts (certification, etc.) bearing in mind economic and legislative aspects;

- Estimates the economic value of environmental damage and/or the overall economic value of environmental and similar assets;

- Drafts economic, environmental and energy policy strategies;

- Coordinates research groups working on both empirical research (data collection and/or measuring), theoretical analyses and policy programming.

competencies associated to the function:

- Ability to perform statistical and economic analyses of environmental matters, particularly associated to economic damage and benefit evaluation methods applied to environmental assets.

- Excellent knowledge and ability to apply direct (based on the analysis of preferences expressed by the population or other units) and indirect (based on the measured preferences) evaluation methods;

- Ability to perform energy and environmental evaluations;

- Ability to design appropriate environmental policies.

career opportunities:

- Local authorities;

- National and international research bodies;

- National and international consulting firms;

- Certification bodies in the energy and environmental field.