Programme Structure


  • 2 years, 120 ECTS credits
    • Compulsory courses, 30 ECTS credits
    • Optional and supplementary courses, 45 ECTS credits
    • 2 summer schools, 6 ECTS credits
    • Master’s thesis, 30 ECTS credits

The core courses provide the students with a shared background in microeconomics (including consumer theory, producer theory, general equilibrium theory and welfare economics) and quantitative methods (including statistics and econometrics).

The optional courses broaden and deepen the students’ empirical and theoretical knowledge directly relevant for the economic analysis of agricultural, food and environmental policy issues.

Supplementary courses may be in any other discipline recognized by the AFEPA Management Board to deepen or broaden the academic curriculum. Examples of such courses are Ethics, Environmental Law, Trade Law, Finance, Public Policy, Sociology, Statistics and Geographic Information System courses. Languages courses are recognized with a maximum of 5 ECTS credits.

The Master’s thesis shall draw on and deepen subjects covered in the courses of the programme. It shall be 40-60 pages long. It has to be submitted and presented orally by the student at the end of the second year of studies. Students may adopt a theoretical or empirical approach, but are encouraged to address a concrete policy issue.

Students will have a thesis supervisor at the institution where they spend the last semester of their master programme. In addition one member of the faculty at one of the other participating institutions is associated with the thesis project.

Both at the end of first and second years all Master’s students are gathered at one of the partner universities for a summer school consisting of a two-week programme of presentations, workshops, lectures and field trips.