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University of Siena is offering the following new degree courses taught entirely in English.
- Economics and Banking
The three-year programme in Economics and Banking addresses the fundamentals of financial intermediation within the banking industry, insurance sector and financial markets by providing a sound training in all the core economic disciplines and other social sciences, such as history and law. In this regard, the programme examines how financial institutions and markets function with a particular attention to the micro- and macro-economic dimensions. The programme has been designed by focusing on resources allocation under uncertainty, corporate financing and investment decisions, insurance and risk management, the functioning and regulation of financial markets within a broader institutional and social framework.
Graduates in Economics and Banking will develop skills in understanding economic and financial phenomena and have a strong hold on all the core skills required for the analysis of economic issues and of data. Graduates will also attain a significant advantage for progressing to a number of graduate courses and, in particular, for the two MSc programmes in Economics and Finance taught in English at Siena as well as for the two-year programme in Accounting and Management (AMa) of the MSc in Management and Governance.
The MSc in Economics is a two year graduate programme that aims to provide an advanced level of education in economics. The program is built on four core courses — mathematics, microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics — in order for students to acquire advanced tools for economic analysis, and offers a wide array of specialized topics in most fields of modern economics. The programme is designed to give our students the ability to approach a wide variety of economic and social issues. Moreover, the cultural tradition of the Department of Economics in Siena has always favoured a pluralistic approach to the analysis of economic problems, in the belief that exposure to competing theoretical perspectives facilitates understanding of economic phenomena. In the same spirit, Siena has always encouraged "contamination" of the economic approach with other disciplines, such as other social sciences, history, law, as well as biology, psychology, etc.
The MSc in Finance will provide knowledge in three main fields:
- Quantitative Area. Students study in deep the methods used in financial markets to price financial securities: basic principles of stochastic calculus, no-arbitrage principle and risk neutral (martingale) pricing, derivatives pricing, interest rate derivatives, stochastic volatility models, financial econometrics.
- Economic Area. Students are exposed to the theoretical framework of modern financial economics: microeconomic models for business and finance, models with asymmetric information and decision under uncertainty, monetary economics and central banking approaches;
- Management Area. Our fundamental courses will provide the knowledge to study financial behaviour of financial and non-financial firms and financial markets.
- International Studies, curriculum European Studies
The Master of Science in International Relations aims to provide knowledge of the methodology and content of cultural, scientific and vocational training in the following areas of learning: historical, economic, law, political science, linguistic. These skills are designed to help students develop the ability to understand and analyze issues concerning the international dimension of political, economic and social phenomena. The specific objectives of the programme are:
- provide analytical tools and institutional knowledge aiming to understand, evaluate and manage issues relating to contemporary societies, the complex relationships among the states, the processes of democratization and protection of human rights;
- provide, focusing on tools and comparative analysis method, knowledge about the dynamics of the processes of structural change occurring in the international arena, as well as basic knowledge of the methodologies used by the bodies of multilateral cooperation for the development of programs development cooperation.
- Management e governance, curriculum Accounting and management
The course intend is to form graduates that will be able to assume roles of directional responsibility inside companies, in staff functions as well as in line management; start an independent entrepreneurial activity, including that of the execution of the professions and activities of consulting (accounting and company); assume roles of responsibility in institutional organisms (Chamber of Commerce, Associations of category, Local bodies, international organisations). The course offers training to develop highly skilled management professionals, able to take effective action in a dynamic global environment.
Particular attention is devoted to the recent evolution and major changes of the firms' operating environment in order to provide students with adequate competencies related to the government, managerial, and organizational processes in different types of firms, operating in diverse businesses (public and private sectors), at both the national and international level.
The in-class experience includes simulations of management decision-making processes, broad interaction between the faculty and the students, personal communication and presentation skills enhancement, and team-working.
Disciplinary areas are articulated as follows: Business studies, Economics, Law, Statistical Mathematics.
- Public and Cultural Diplomacy, curriculum Public Diplomacy; curriculum Cultural Diplomacy
The MSc in Public and Cultural Diplomacy aims to provide the necessary understanding and skills to work in the fields of international and inter-cultural cooperation, international communication and foreign public engagement. This program focuses on the following areas:
- the evolution of diplomacy from classic state-to-state relations, to public diplomacy and now to cultural and global diplomacy, in different geo-political areas;
- the emergence of a multi-cultural approach in the practices of planning and management of cultural heritages;
- the expansion of professional skills in the management and communication of international projects.
To address these topics the course will adopt a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students are asked to master the political, economic, legal and historical backgrounds of the geographical areas in which they want to operate. Students will be exposed to a wide set of innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to international relations, including soft and smart power strategies, strategies of communication in international relations, mediation techniques, conflict management in areas of crisis.
Stemming from a common core of topics, on the second year students can choose among two different curricula. One (curriculum in Cultural Diplomacy) will provide the relevant skills to work and understand the role of cultural diplomacy, with particular reference to the management of the cultural heritage. The other (curriculum in Public Diplomacy) will focus on strategies and techniques for understanding, communicating and influencing international audiences in public, scientific and cultural diplomacy.
- Language and Mind. Linguistics and Cognitive Studies, curriculum Linguistics and Cognition; curriculum Philosophy and Cognition
The Master program is articulated in two curricula: Linguistics and cognition and Philosophy and cognition.
Two modifications are introduced on the preceding MA activated in the same class. The first modification aims to stress the already highly international character of the master program so as to favor the access of international students and the interaction between Italian and foreigner students; the opportunity to access international doctoral programs; the capacity of the students to actively participate in international conferences and seminars; the possibility to access job opportunities abroad. The second modification – also in view of the migration of some courses of the previous master program of which the present one is a modification into a different MA - aims to build a formation that is at the same time coherent and diversified, in which a predominant number of common courses are present in the first year of the program and the second year is devoted to an in depth study in one of the two directions.
Computer and Automation Engineering, curriculum Information Systems; curriculum Robotics and Automation
The MSC in Computer and Automation Engineering aims at providing high-level competences for the design, management, development and innovation in the fields of advanced hardware and software architectures, and of control systems and robotics. In particular, the program is focused on human-machine interaction in a wide sense, spanning topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, high performance processing of massive data collections, human-robot interfaces, and systems for production automation. The program provides advanced competences in the area of computer and automation engineering.
Electronics and Communications Engineering
The Master's Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering aims to form a graduate with advanced skills in processing and information-transmission systems of and to provide more specific knowledge in the design of devices and electronic systems. It provides the skills and methodological tools needed to design and develop systems for signal and image processing, antenna design, microwave systems and devices, analog and digital electronic design with applications in the fields of electronics, telecommunications. The program provides methodologies of advanced mathematical calculus, in particular functional and complex analysis, in order to introduce the necessary tools to model and formalize the solutions of complex information engineering problems.
- Applied Mathematics
The Master of Science in Applied Mathematics aims at training specialists that, besides a solid basis in the fundamentals of mathematics, have also an extensive knowledge of problems and methods in related areas of science and technology.After broadening their knowledge of theoretical aspects of mathematics with advanced courses in logic, algebra, geometry and calculus, and of application-oriented areas such as statistics, mathematical modeling, numerical analysis and optimization, the students will complete their plan of study with subjects related to more applied fields, like data analysis or the study of complex systems. These specialists will therefore be able to analyze problems not only within the mathematical domain but also in related sectors, to identify the mathematical instruments necessary to formalize and solve them, and to interact effectively with experts of other disciplines (computer science, engineering, economics and experimental sciences).
- Medical Biotechnologies
The Master degree in Medical Biotechnologies at the University of Siena has incorporated key features to prepare the modern Medical Biotechnologist for future challenges, by focusing on those concepts and theories which are mostly important for creating a stable platform to develop technical know-how and skills. The technical skills of the student begin with learning in a controlled laboratory environment. As students progress, they will be taught to think and solve problems analytically through modules that were specially designed for them to make independent decisions. Furthermore, the University of Siena is particularly skilled in the field of medical and pharmaceutical sciences, Finally, the Faculty members are already engaged in active research work, providing a suitable environment for the student to experience the thinking, planning, application and discussion related to research.
Biology, curriculum Biodiversity and Environmental Health
“Biodiversity and Environmental Health” is one of the two educational paths of the MSc program in Biology of the University of Siena. The course aims to provide insights into the field of biodiversity and the ways of its interlinking with planetary health. Themes in the areas of microbial, fungal, plant and animal diversity will be covered, either by lectures and laboratory based activities. Modules focusing on conservation biology and resource management will be addressed to train students on environmental sustainability, by defining the role of living organisms within ecosystems and applying monitoring and control techniques in order to preserve their diversity. Critical issues concerning the contribution of biodiversity to the development of pharmaceuticals and the quality and safety control of food sources will be also considered. Altogether, the course is designed to prepare a new generation of experts able to research and apply integrated approaches to biodiversity and planet health.
The Master Degree prepares students with an advanced knowledge and skills in the most important areas of Chemistry (Physical, Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry). These studies will prepare the student for a wide range of professional activities as well as continued doctoral studies. Lessons are complemented with specific lectures on subjects related to chemistry for life science or for sustainable development. The second year activity includes with 300 hours of internship in companies working in all fields of chemistry. The students complete their studies by participating in a high level research project (6-8 months) within international research groups at the University of Siena or other public or private institutions. Students have the opportunity to apply for an international double degree.