Economics for the Environment and Sustainability

University of Siena
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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Application deadline: First intake: 2023-11-13 to 2024-01-15; Second intake: 2024-02-01 to 2024-04-29.
University of Siena

About this program

Economics for the Environment and Sustainability

The course examines and studies, with a multidisciplinary approach, the most relevant issues concerning the complex relationship between economy and environment, both from a micro (business) and macro (economies) point of view. EAS explores methods and tools of analysis aimed at sustainable use and enhancement of natural, environmental and cultural resources.

The acquired knowledge and professionalism allow the graduate to carry out work with managerial and consultancy functions, as well as to participate in groups for the elaboration of projects and the evaluation of investments in the environmental and social field.

Admission requirements

Bachelor/Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

After you have applied, an Enrolment Committee will assess your competences and skills against the requirements of the MSc program.

Admission criteria

The admission to the Master of a graduate who is in possession of a degree awarded by a foreign University or an equivalent foreign institute is evaluated by the Didactic Committee through a case by case assessment, considering the documentation received through online procedures, on the basis of the relevance and consistency of the qualification obtained abroad (and of the entire training course) with the training objectives of the Master, as well as linguistic knowledge.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

Procedures at the Italian Diplomatic Representatives

Non-EU citizens

Non-EU citizens are invited to contact the Italian Diplomatic Representation of their countries as soon as possible in order to obtain all the required documents for the pre-enrollment at the University of Siena and for information regarding the VISA process.

EU citizens – Non EU citizens with regular permit to stay – Italians with degrees obtained abroad

They must contact the appropriate Italian Diplomatic Representation in order to obtain all the documents required for enrollment in the University of Siena.

Language requirements

In order to take the MSc courses, students must have an adequate knowledge of the English language, at minimum B2 level, as established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students can demonstrate the required knowledge level either through an approved international certification (see the list) of international certifications recognized by the University of Siena), or by passing a B2 level exam at the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA).

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

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for information.

Program delivery

In addition to in-presence teaching, which continues to be the preferred method also in the next Academic Year, every single lesson will be simultaneously live-streamed and/or video recorded and uploaded on our digital platform for subsequent viewing. This mode is essential for students who are temporarily unable to be on premises.


The amount for each international student is based on the student’s country of origin and the course chosen.

Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits - 120 ECTS

Awards - MSc (LM-56 Class of second cycle degrees in Economics)

Career paths

Function in a work context

Graduates in Economics / Economics can aspire to all those professional positions that require the mastery of solid interpretative tools in the economic field and, at the same time, versatility and capacity for analysis and decision in a context characterized by complexity and change.

The graduate who has chosen the curriculum in Economics, in particular, will be able to aspire to a job in research centers and, with more operational tasks, in complex organizations both private and public, be they banks, companies, governmental and non-profit organizations or international organizations. The graduate who has chosen the curriculum of Environmental and Development Economics can be employed in the analysis of sustainable development projects, with attention to a correct evaluation of the use of resources, to an analysis of energy sources, to an examination of possible environmental damages and enhancement of environmental and historical-cultural development projects.

Skills associated with the function

A graduate in Economics / Economics will therefore have to have acquired a versatility and an analytical vision of economic problems such as to make it possible for him to access many types of professions. Among these can be indicated:

  • employment with international, national and local economic investigative bodies for those who intend to carry out research with a prevalent application content;
  • employment with managerial, operational and consulting functions, with specific expertise in the design and implementation of environmental investments, for the environmental assessment of the application of new technologies by private and public companies and for the management of scarce environmental resources ( water, waste, energy), as well as for the enhancement of the historical, cultural and environmental heritage of the territory for the benefit of the communities of citizens and visitors;
  • Employment in national and international environmental agencies;

Professional opportunities

In general, graduates in Economics / Economics will be able to work (possibly following further specialization in a doctorate course) as an economist and economic analyst at universities, research centers, banks, international organizations

He can be employed as a freelancer in the field of economic consultancy

He will be able to operate with management or analysis functions in companies, banks, public administrations, trade associations and trade unions.

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Phone no: + 39 577 23 5028-5197-5194

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