The curricular requisites for admittance correspond to the basic content of degree courses in class L-18 (previously 270/04) or 17 (previously 509/99). In addition, specific knowledge of the themes regarding sectors SECS-P/01, SECS-P/02 and SECS-P/06 is required. In particular: graduates from class 17 (previously 509/99) or L-18 (previously 270/04) are required to have attained at least 25 credits in the SECS-P/01, SECS-P/02 or SECS-P/06 sectors.
Graduates in other classes are permitted to enrol for the course, as long as they have attained at least:
- 25 credits in the following sectors: SECS-P/01, SECS-P/02 or SECS-P/06;
- 10 credits in the following sectors: SECS-P/07, SECS-P/08, SECS-P/09 or SECS-P/11;
- 10 credits in the following sectors: SECS-S/01, SECS-S/02, SECS-S/03 or SECS-S/06.
Assessment of students’ personal preparation is performed by means of systems defined in the Academic Regulations for the Course.
Key learning outcomes
The Master’s Degree course in Economics and International Business was designed to train professionals capable of performing managerial and directorial functions in companies operating on global markets and/or involved in import-export activities, in multinational companies and joint-ventures, and in large European and supra-national institutions and organizations, working with the necessary skills for the critical analysis of the international scenario.
The overall approach is interdisciplinary. As regards the corporate field, the course comprises the following subjects: international accounting, and accounting in multinational companies; processes of corporate aggregation; corporate strategy in the international field; international distribution models; the economics of intermediaries operating on international financial markets. The course also comprises in-depth studies in economic and quantitative areas, regarding: quantitative analytical and decision tools; macroeconomic policy and scenarios; analysis of the European economy; economics and techniques in international finance. From an interdisciplinary viewpoint, the course comprises further specific detailed study of the history of world economics, and legislation in international markets.
In accordance with the subject-matter studied in the course, a fundamental role will be attributed to partnerships with foreign universities, with particular attention to the organization of targeted opportunities regarding periods of study abroad. By way of example, there is the opportunity of spending a year at the University of Dundee, attending the lectures for the Master in International Business, activated by the University of Dundee in cooperation with the University of Parma.
It is important to note that the degree to which the course’s syllabus corresponds to real necessities will be constantly assessed with regard to scientific progress in subjects regarding the international economy, and by means of interaction with operators working on the market. The latter will specifically be invited to play an active part in academic activities, by means of seminars, personal experience descriptions, and case studies.
Master’s Degree graduates in International Business can hold roles of responsibility in companies operating on international markets, multinational companies, and in European institutions and organizations. They will also be able to perform consultancy work on themes in the international economy, more specifically the European economy, and in areas regarding corporate management in an international outlook.
Knowledge and understanding
Master’s Degree graduates in Economics and International Business develop detailed knowledge and understanding regarding the functioning of international markets and the management of multinational companies, extending their first cycle economic and corporate knowledge to an international outlook.
More specifically, Master’s Degree graduates in International Business:
- acquire detailed knowledge of the dynamics of global markets and the orders of scale describing the economic relationships between different economies;
- attain specialist knowledge on the functioning and specific characteristics of multinational companies’ activities, or of companies operating in a supranational context;
- develop detailed knowledge of the instruments used in financial intermediation and in international transactions;
- develop targeted skills in the application of European and supranational regulations and policy, and a capacity for the critical analysis of the respective implications.
The skills described are attained by means of the combined application of the different academic processes included in the students’ syllabi, and more specifically, lecture-hall work, exercises and the preparation of project work, and activities performed in the preparation of the final examination.
Assessment of the level of learning reached during the course will be performed principally by means of written examinations and oral tests, and possibly by participation in work groups, as well as during discussion of the dissertation.
Applying knowledge and understanding
With regard to the capacity of applying knowledge and understanding, Master’s Degree graduates in International Business:
- develop the skills necessary to apply international economics methodologies to the management and governance of companies;
- acquire specialist knowledge enabling them to operate on global markets with extensive skills in interpreting developments in global economic scenarios;
- attain interdisciplinary knowledge, particularly in the juridical and quantitative sectors, which, together with the skills developed in corporate and economic areas, enable them to work on corporate problems and the internationalization of companies, from a systematic and integrated point of view.
The skills described are developed principally by means of exercises, the preparation of project work, and the analysis of case histories. Particularly significant, from this point of view, are the opportunities of spending periods of study abroad, enabling students to perform the activities described above in different contexts and situations.
Assessment of the results achieved in this area will be performed principally by means of written and oral tests, the production of brief papers, active participation in exercises, and the evaluation of the final examination.
Master’s Degree graduates in Economics and International Business acquire knowledge regarding specialist methodologies utilized in areas of international economics, and interdisciplinary skills in the various fields of economic and company science. This enables them to develop independence of judgement regarding the management of complex international factors in corporate business, identifying the most appropriate analytical and quantitative tools.
The development of a capacity for independent judgement is principally nurtured by active participation in case history discussions and the presentation of project work. Students are assisted in the development of these skills by descriptions of experiences on the part of market professionals in meetings with students, and also by periods spent abroad. The preparation of the dissertation is particularly important in the assessment of the degree of independence in judgement developed by the student.
Master’s Degree graduates in Economics and International Business will be capable of constructing and developing a method of study and research enabling them to continue their studies independently, on subjects related to the international economy, as well as permitting them to constantly refine and update their knowledge, essential for maintaining a high-profile professional position in the world of business.
Master’s Degree graduates in Economics and International Business will be able to activate and motivate individual learning processes, enabling them to extend and develop the level and variety of their knowledge, and encourage their professional lifelong learning.
Attainment of results in this field is achieved during the course overall, but in particular through individual study, work on the preparation of individual products, and activities linked to the preparation of the final dissertation.
Assessment of the degree to which these results are attained is performed during the academic process, which requires the presentation of data and information, acquired and processed individually. It is also performed by evaluating learning activities, and the quality of the research and compilation of information performed during preparation of the dissertation.
With regard to communications skills, Master’s Degree graduates in Economics and International Business acquire knowledge and skills enabling them to:
- express their knowledge with clarity in professional contexts, with specialist and non-specialist counterparts, and in both national and international scenarios;
- manage information and communications processes effectively, demonstrating satisfactory skills in the comprehension of concepts expressed by others.
Particular attention will be dedicated to skills of expression in the English language. To this end, students will be encouraged to spend a period of study abroad.
These results are achieved by means of a combination of methods, such as the lecture-hall presentation of project work, participation in group work studies, and the analysis of case-history studies. These methods will be complemented by the activities performed in the preparation and presentation of the final examination.
Assessment of the results achieved in this area will be performed principally by means of oral tests, lecture-hall presentation of work, and the presentation of the final dissertation. Knowledge of the English language, with specific reference to specialist vocabulary regarding economic and corporate themes, will be assessed to ascertain sufficiently advanced linguistic skills.
Final examination, if any
For the final examination, students are asked to prepare a paper, under supervision by a course professor, consisting of a detailed study of themes treated in the course subject areas, developed both from the theoretical/conceptual point of view, and by means of empirical observations.