Master's Degree in Economics, Development and Innovation

University of Pavia
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

Master's Degree in Economics, Development and Innovation

The Master Program in Economics, Development and Innovation (MEDI) offers two tracks:

Industrial Organization and Innovation

This track aims at providing students with the necessary theoretical foundations, tools and methodologies for understanding and analysing innovation and competition within industrial sectors. The courses touch on many different areas: economics, econometrics, law, and management. Students will initially acquire a solid background in industrial economics, competition policy and market regulation, economics of innovation and analytical tools and methodologies useful to understand industry structures and the role of innovation in determining industrial dynamics. In the second year, students will have the opportunity to analyse more deeply the functioning of specific industrial contexts (energy industries, digital markets) and/or specific cross industry subjects (intellectual property rights). Learning the specific software required for economic and econometric analysis will also be the object of dedicated Laboratories (LAB).

International Development and Economic Policy

This track aims at providing students with a solid quantitative and theoretical background for understanding and analyzing the economic and social processes driving individual and household decisions and the functioning of markets and institutions in developed and developing countries. The program offers a wide range of courses in different areas of economics, statistics, mathematics and law. Graduates will learn advanced quantitative methodologies and analytical tools while also deepening their knowledge of international markets and the economy of developing countries, from the microeconomics and macroeconomics point of view.

Double Degree

The Department has successfully implemented a Double Degree program with prestigious Universities in 9 countries around the world. This bilateral agreement allows the students who participate in the program to obtain an Italian degree and the equivalent foreign title.

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Admission requirements

Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

Students should provide evidence that in their 3-year diploma they have acquired the following number of ECTS (in case of students outside the European Union, the equivalent number of hours of study) in these areas:

Economics (i.e. Macro and Micro Economics; Political Economy; Econometrics; Economic History) – 24 ECTS

Quantitative Methods – (exams in Mathematics and Statistics) – 15 ECTS

Business Administration (i.e. Accounting; Management; Finance – 6 ECTS

Law – (i.e. Business Law, Constitutional Law) – 6 ECTS

English language – 6 ECTS (see note below)

Computer science – 3 ECTS

A margin of flexibility is admitted, with respect to the fulfillment of the above minimum curricular requirements, up to a maximum of 10%, or 6 ECTS. This margin may be applied indifferently to only one of the groups of the scientific areas listed above or to more groups, except for the point referring to the English language requirement, which must be always fulfilled.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Curriculum: Industrial Organization and Innovation

Year 1

  • Applied Industrial Organization
  • Data Science
  • Competition Law
  • Competition Policy and Market Regulation
  • Economics of Digital Markets
  • International Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behaviour
  • Decisions and Choices
  • One subject to be chosen from this list: Microeconomics / Game and Equilibrium Theory: Tools and Applications

Year 2

  • Economics and Management of the Energy Industry
  • Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics
  • Contemporary Economic History
  • One subject to be chosen from this list: French / Spanish / German / Lab in Economics of IPR / Applied Econometrics Lab

Curriculum: International Development and Economic Policy

Year 1

  • Data science
  • European Constitutional Law
  • International Economics and Policy
  • Economics and Management of Cooperation and Development
  • Business administration
  • Economics and Society
  • Health economics
  • Microeconometrics

Year 2

  • Microeconometrics for Development
  • Empirical Methods for Policy Evaluation
  • Development Economics
  • One subject to be chosen from this list: French / Spanish / German / Applied Econometrics Lab

Scholarships & funding

The University of Pavia offers several kinds of scholarships/funding for a sum up to 6.000 euro per year per student.


156 – 3500 euro per year. The tuition fee is adjusted to the student’s family’s financial situation. Non-EU students residing abroad and holding a study visa can also choose to pay the flat rate determined according to their citizenship which ranges from 400 euro to 3500 euro per year.

Application fee: €35,00


Master's degree

Career paths

Industrial Organization and Innovation

Graduates can become Business Analysts, Data Analysts, Competition policy analysts, moreover graduates can be recruited by Consulting multinationals, Regulatory Agencies, Regulated firms, Energy Industries, Network industries and various firms involved in innovation processes pushed by the digital economy.

International Development and Economic Policy

Graduates' employment opportunities include professions with strong analytical and research contents within international organizations and multinational corporations, NGO, public or private research centers and international consulting firms.

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University of Pavia

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest Academic Institutions. It was founded in 825 as a “School of law, rhetoric and liberal arts” by King Lothair I, and in 1361 it was officially established as a “Universitas...

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Why study at University of Pavia

Pavia: a city campus

Located in Lombardy Region, only 30 KM south of Milan, the City of Pavia offers a lively, genuine, cooperative and safe environment with a high quality of life. Pavia is the Capital of the fertile Province of Pavia, which is known for a variety of agricultural products -including wine, rice, cereals and dairy products- and is situated at the heart of Italy’s manufacturing district. Tts fascination remains intact with the center’s maze of narrow streets, ancient churches and elegant buildings, all bordered by the Ticino river. The countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts, meeting places and sports competitions combine to offer students a unique University experience.

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University of Pavia

Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia

Phone no: +39 0382 989898

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