The program comprises a theoretical part lasting from November to June every year taking place in Pavia. It foresees more than 500 hours of classes and seminars and focuses on disciplines such as Development Economics, Methodology of Research, Current Development Issues, Project Management related to International Cooperation.

The courses are structured as follows:

  • Preliminary Courses: they include around 100 hours of classes including 30 hours of tutorials; this section aims at providing students with a basic economic and quantitative background needed to undertake the studies that follow;
  • Core courses in Development Economics: the main objectives of this section are: a) to equip students with a broad theoretical background that will enable them to understand the debate on economic development and b) to develop students' ability to pinpoint the national and international economic policy decisions that impact most heavily on economic and social development;
  • Core courses in Project Management: the aim of this part of the program is to enable students to understand and analyze the political context in which NGOs work and to provide them with the essential tools for designing, implementing and managing development programs and projects;
  • Core courses on Development Issues and Tools: the main objectives of this section are: a) to broaden the discourse on development to political, historical and anthropological aspects; b) to provide students with an overview of the most recent and sensitive issues in the international debate, with reference to development processes at regional and global level; c) to equip students with some methodological, research and managerial tools they will need in the professional career
  • Hot issues in the global agenda- the voice of UN agencies and international experts: Throughout the whole year the Masters Course offers conferences/seminars on relevant topics, crosscutting and hot issues in the field of Development and Cooperation held by international experts. These contributions are very important to allow students meeting professionals and academics from all over the world, foster debate on controversial issues and have precious indications on professional opportunities after the master course;

After the residential period spent in Pavia, students carry out an internship for a period from 3 to 6 months. Students intern in the field offices or headquarters of NGOs, International Organizations and Governmental Institutions and have the great opportunity of earning first hand experience by working side by side with professionals of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid.

As partial fulfillment of the Master requirements, students are required to draft a thesis linked to their internship experience or treating a research issue of their interest. After the discussion of the final dissertation students will be awarded the title of Second Level Master Degree in Cooperation and Development.




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