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Preparing the Study Plan


LM(EC)2 allows you to shape your study programme so that it matches your interests and ambitions. In the first year all your modules are set for you and mandatory. In the second it is requested that you make some choices, and pick optionals and electives. To do that in your second year you will have to fill in your individual study plan on StudentiOnline. Your study plan needs to be filled and submitted within certain periods in the year, and anyway before sitting the exams that you will include in it.

To fill it in, you will have to be in line with your tuition fee payments and, if you are a non-EU citizen, hold a valid residence permit.


Students can complete the Study Plan on Studenti On-Line ("Study Plan" button) in the following two periods: 

1st period:  from 30th September to 20th October 2024

- from the 2nd to the 12th of December 2024 exclusively for those 1st year students enrolled on a conditional basis

2nd period:
 from 14th January to 21st February 2025

no exceptions to these intervals are possible


A) Options for students enrolled in LM(EC)2 cod. 5977

1. 12 ECTS to be chosen between 32682 Econometrics A (I.C.) and 32683 Econometrics B (I.C.).

Students can, in their second year, choose the course (either B2154  MICROECONOMETRICS or B2155  MACROECONOMETRICS) not followed in the first year.

B2154  MICROECONOMETRICS (in 32682 Econometrics A (I.C.) ) is suggested if students plan to attend in their second year 90350-Causal Inference and Program Evaluation and B2162-Microeconometrics and Simulation Methods.

B2155  MACROECONOMETRICS (in 32683 Econometrics B (I.C.)) is suggested if students plan to attend in their second year B2164-Finantial and Time Series Econometrics , 90349-Structural Macroeconometrics and B0369-Bayesian Econometrics.

It is not formally necessary to take or even pass certain exams in order to choose specific elective modules.

2. 12 ECTS to be chosen between B2156 Macroeconomics A (I.C.) and B2158 Macroeconomics B (I.C.). 

    In both integrated courses, students will learn the fundamentals of advanced macroeconomics in the course Macroeconomics (88065 and 59691). The second module can be chosen between B2157-Growth Theory and B2160-Consumption and Investment Theory.

    Students interested in acquiring a deep knowledge of advanced macroeconomics could, in their second year, choose the course not followed in the first year together with the course B1016-Recursive Methods in Macroeconomics.

    Students planning to attend in their second year B2169-Long Run Development and Empirics, may select in their first year the I.C. B2156 Macroeconomics A because Growth Theory provides useful knowledge.

    Here below, the table of the learning activities of the second year may be helpful to complete a study plan that focuses preferentially on either the Micro or Macro approaches characterising the second year courses.

    B)  Language exams or the activity "seminars"

    In your second year only you will have to choose between

    1. A language exam (B1 level) in French/Spanish/German, to be sat at the Unibo Language Centre. NB of course if you are a native speaker of one of such languages, you cannot take the related exam

    2. The activity “seminars”: the Department of Economics hosts every year a series of research seminars, led by invited speakers with international reputation. This choice since will allow you to be exposed to up-to-date  research, both theoretical and applied. You may find a list of the available seminars here (all are valid for the activity except the "PhD seminars"). Students choosing this activity should attend at least 10 seminars, then prepare and send a report for 3 of them.

    C)  Electives

    You will need to spend 12+  CFU in electives, taking them during your first or your second year, or both. You may choose between modules and an internship, or a combination of both.

    1. MODULES:

    a) Elective courses suggested by the programme: courses activated within LM(EC)2.

    b) Transferable skills: courses available to all students of Unibo to acquire the basic knowledge and abilities required to translate competences into suitable behaviour for organizational purposes. Important! Transferable Skills have a set number of places available - please try to select them in time if interested. FAQ in Transferable skills courses

    c) Other elective courses: optionals (namely courses from sections 2. and 3. in the "First Year" section of the Course Structure Diagram) that you had not previously selected. To insert these courses please click on the arrow next to Insegnamento a scelta su CORSO 5977 - ECONOMICS and ECONOMETRICS.

    d) Other elective courses of the University of Bologna: if you wish, you may ask to include, as elective, courses from other degree programmes, as long as they have some consistency with the general goals of LM(EC)2. In such case, please click on the arrow next to Insegnamento a scelta su ATENEO 010 - UNIVERSITA' DI BOLOGNA, insert the chosen course(s) and wait for the Director's approval. NB: you will need these non-LM(EC)2 choices to be approved before actually taking them! We recommend you insert sensible options, consistent with LM(EC)2, from LM taught in English. The request will be evaluated by the Programme Director and Board, then, if approved, added to your SOL records online.

    1. INTERNSHIPS: the options available vary in length in terms of hours and credits that you may obtain. Please vist the LM(EC)2 curricular internships page.

    When and if offered, you may also include specialized seminars, which need to be individually selected (and that are not part of the “seminars” activity as per above).

    The minimum number of credits to spend in electives is 12, but you can add more if you wish (no more than 24 extra, therefore up to 36 CFU). All exam grades, including those from modules exceeding the 12 CFU needed, will average up and count for the final grade.

    Important !

    • In your first year you can choose electives but NOT optionals, nor Language exams/ “Seminars” activity, - these can be only  taken in your second year;
    • You are not bound to take all the modules that you select, BUT, the optional/elective exams that you will actually take in the end will have to be selected in your study plan;
    • it is not possible to fill in the Study Plan outside the two above mentioned periods;
    • you need to include your chosen modules in your study plan before sitting the related exam. Internships work the same way;
    • if you are planning to graduate in 2022/23 academic year, that is within March 2024, you cannot edit your Study Plan in the a.y. 2023/24 (that is in October 2023). If you do, you will not be allowed to graduate within March 2024.
    • You want to switch modules you had already selected in a previous study plan, making them electives instead of optionals or vice versa: please refer to the document in the attachments box: Moving exams you already took from “optionals” (i.e. exams defining the track) to “electives” and v.v.


    For Outgoing Erasmus/Overseas (or other exchanges)

    • Students spending a semester abroad (Erasmus+/Overseas/other) should complete the study plan anyway. The modules/activities you will choose in your host destination will be recognized though the Learning Agreement, however, it is a good idea to include the optionals and electives anyway in your online Bologna study plan, during the set deadlines, while you're on your exchange period. Why? If, for example, you do not manage to sit abroad all the exams that you had planned in your L.A., having optionals / electives selected in your s.p. is a safer fall back option if you what to take them in Bologna on your return. If they are not selected, you cannot take them when you come back.
    • If you spend the whole second year abroad make sure you don’t anticipate to your first year in Bologna the attendance of a second year activity: there will be no way of registering it in your records, while you are in your mobility period.