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The Master in Cooperation and Development

Iuss Institute For Advanced Study, Pavia
Length: 15 months
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Master's degree
Location: Milan
Language: English

Program Description

cooperationThe Master Program in Cooperation and Development, organised in collaboration with the Italian NGOs Cisp, Coopi, Vis and the University of Pavia, aims at training professionals in the field of international cooperation. Students are prepared to work in institutions which operate in the area of cooperation and development, such as Non-Governmental Organizations, International Organizations, Governmental Bureaus, firms working in Developing Countries, Public Institutions, and other no-profit organizations.

The Cooperation and Development Masters is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach to the realm of Cooperation and Development that links the subjects explored in the coursework to three highly distinct yet strongly interrelated disciplinary areas:

  • Economics,
  • Human and Institutional Studies,
  • Project Cycle Management.

The program is structured into two main parts: a preliminary phase of the curriculum provides students with the basic economic and statistical tools for quantitative and qualitative analysis; a second phase includes core courses and optional modules in each of the three areas of study mentioned above.

During the economic part of the program students will be supported by tutorials. Moreover, seminars and conferences will be organized throughout the academic year. At the end of each term students are assessed through means of regular examination.


After the period spent in Pavia, students carry out an internship for a minimum duration of 3 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.

To fulfil all Cooperation and Development academic requirements and be awarded the Second Level Master Degree students are required to draft and discuss a thesis related to topics studied in class and activities carried out during the internship. The Master is fully taught in English.

Admission requirements

Students wishing to study the Masters degree in Cooperation and Management must meet the following criteria:

Each year 30 students of different nationalities are admitted to the Master Program.

  • Applicants can be graduates of any major.
  • A good knowledge of English
  • Adequate computer skills are required.

This program has an IELTS English language proficiency requirement. For more information about IELTS or to book a test, click below:

Tuition & fees

The cost of enrolment for 2010-2011 is 6.000,00 euro.

Fees include: Tuition fee • Attendance to regular program classes and additional seminars, Handout teaching material, Free access to computer rooms and libraries. ¨

The payment of fees will be made in three instalments:

1st instalment of 1.000 Euros at the moment of the enrolment,

2nd instalment of 2.500 Euros before the 15th of December 2010,

3rd instalment of 2.500 Euros before the 28th of February 2011.

Iuss Institute For Advanced Study, Pavia

Iuss Institute For Advanced Study, Pavia

Iuss Institute for Advanced Study - Pavia

Since 1997 the IUSS-Pavia, the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia, headed by Professor Roberto Schmid, has represented an advanced teaching and research model successfully adopted by other prestigious institutions in Italy. In keeping with the completeness of its educational...

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Iuss Institute For Advanced Study, Pavia

Piazza Collegio Cairoli
1-27100 Pavia