Economics for Development

Economics for Development

1. General information on the master's programme


1.1. Programme overview
Master’s Degree in Development and International Cooperation Sciences
Curriculum: Economics for Development
University Department: Dipartimento di Comunicazione e Ricerca Sociale (Coris)
Master Degree Code: LM-81
Program Code: 28714
Number of Places: free access
Admission Procedure: assessment of requisites and personal preparation
Duration: two years

1.2. Objectives and skills
The interfaculty master program in Development and International Cooperation provides students with the competences necessary to analyse institutional and cultural factors and to plan and manage cooperation initiatives to aid developing countries.
The program, which has been developed by the Faculties of Political Science, Sociology, Communications and Humanities, equips students with interdisciplinary knowledge and the tools necessary to analyze and comprehend the context they will find in developing countries, as well as to manage peace projects and international development cooperation programs.
The programme also provides students with advanced skills that will allow them to:

  • Design, develop, implement and direct integrated cooperation programmes and development projects;
  • Monitor and assess projects and programmes;
  • Work in fluent English (written and spoken) and reach a good working knowledge of French, Spanish and other optional languages;
  • Use communication and information management tools.

During the first year which is the same for all students, foreign and Italian students may attend courses taught in English as an alternative to equivalent courses in Italian.

1.3. Career opportunities and placement
Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the program, Development and International Cooperation graduates are suited for managerial and other high-responsibility positions in public administrations, national and international organizations, including NGOs, private companies operating in the fields of cooperation development, volunteering and services and organizations for social and cultural cooperation between countries. Graduates may also work as consultants and program managers for organizations working in the field of human and social development, as well as capacity and institution building. Moreover, graduates may also turn to further advanced training in social sciences.
Professional profiles for Development and International Cooperation Graduates:

  • Economic expert
  • Fundraiser for the non-profit sector
  • International Reporter
  • Cooperation and Development Project Manager
  • Director for Cultural Organisations, Humanitarian Organisations and NGOs
  • Diplomatic officer


1.4. Programme structure

FIRST YEAR (2016/2017)

Module code - Module title

Credits (CFU)

Disciplinary Field Code (SSD)


First semester




1052207 – Globalization History




1052211 – European Union Law and Human Rights




Selective courses


1052210 – Comparative Politics




1052212 – Political Development and Democratic Transition




1027841 – Population and Development




Second semester




1052205 - Political Thought for Colonization and Decolonization




1052213 – International Economic Policy and Development




1052271 – Development Anthropology




SECOND YEAR (2017/2018)

Module code – Module title

Credits (CFU)

Disciplinary Field Code (SSD)


First semester




1027822 – International Agricultural Policy




1052226 – Growth Economics + Fundraising Laboratory


Fundraising Laboratory




Growth Economics




1052368 – Quantitative Model for Socio-Economic Analysis




Second semester




1041558 – Humanitarian Affairs




AAF1525 – International Organizations and Development




- - Elective courses




AAF1041 – Internship




AAF1016 – Graduation exam - Thesis dissertation




Warning! Some module could be moved from the first to the second semester or from the second to the first semester. You will be informed in September by the Segreteria Didattica.




1.5. Academic calendar


Teaching period




Week 1

Mon 26 September

Sat 1 October


Week 2

Mon 3 October

Sat 8 October


Week 3

Mon 10 October

Sat 15 October


Week 4

Mon 17 October

Sat 22 October


Week 5

Mon 24 October

Sat 29 October


Week 6

Wed 2 November

Sat 5 November

All Saints’ Day
Mon 31 October –
Tue 1 November

Week 7

Mon 7 November

Sat 12 November


Week 8

Mon 14 November

Sat 19 November


Week 9

Mon 21 November

Sat 26 November


Week 10

Mon 28 November

Sat 3 December


Week 11

Mon 5 December

Wed 7 December

Immaculate Conception
Thu 8 December 2015 – Sat 10 December

Week 12

Mon 12 December

Sat 17 December


Extraordinary examination period (for educational debits only; 1 exam date)

Mon 19 December

Fri 23 December



Sat 24 December 2016

Sun 8 January 2017

Christmas Day
Sun 25 December 2015
New Year’s Day
Sun 1 January 2016
Fri 6 January 2016

Examination period (3 exam dates for each module)

Mon 9 January

Sat 18 February


N.B.: Students can try to sit an exam at each date until they pass it. The dates of each module are scheduled two months before the beginning of the examination period. Students can book for the exam sittings by Infostud.

EXAM SESSIONS FOR ELIGIBLE GRADUATES ONLY (curriculum Finance and Development)
Wednesday 5 October – Saturday 5 November 2016 (1 exam date for each module)
Thursday 1 December – Friday 16 December 2016 (1 exam date for each module)

Tuesday 11 October – Friday 21 October 2016
Tuesday 10 January – Friday 20 January 2017



Teaching period




Week 1

Mon 20 February

Sat 25 February


Week 2

Mon 27 February

Sat 4 March


Week 3

Mon 6 March

Sat 11 March


Classes suspension

Mon 13 March

Sat 18 March


Week 4

Mon 20 March

Sat 25 March


Week 5

Mon 27 March

Sat 1 April


Week 6

Mon 3 April

Sat 8 April


Week 7

Mon 10 April

Wed 12 April



Thu 13 April

Wed 19 April

Easter Sunday
Sun 16 Apr
Easter Monday
Mon 17 Apr

Week 8

Thu 20 April

Sat 22 April


Week 9

Mon 24 April

Sat 29 April

Tue 25 April

Week 10

Tue 2 May

Sat 6 May

May Day
Mon 1 May

Week 11

Mon 8 May

Sat 13 May


Week 12

Mon 15 May

Sat 20 May


Week 13

Mon 22 May

Sat 27 May


Rescheduled lectures

Mon 29 May

Sat 3 Jun

Festa della Repubblica
Thu 2 Jun

Examination period
(3 exam dates for each module)

Mon 5 June

Fri 28 July

Feast of Patron Saints Peter and Paul
Thu 29 Jun


Sat 29 July

Thu 31 August

Tue 15 Aug

Examination period (only 1 exam date for each module)

Fri 1 September

Sat 16 September


Thursday 6 April 2017 – Wednesday 3 May 2017
Tuesday 24 October 2017 – Saturday 18 November 2017

Monday 13 March 2017 – Saturday 18 March 2017
Monday 10 July 2017 – Saturday 22 July 2017
Tuesday 10 October 2017– Friday 20 October 2017
Monday 11 December 2017 – Saturday 27 January 2018

Enrolling step by step


Entry requirements
1) Good proficiency in spoken and written English language (B2 level Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). An English certification is not mandatory but warmly recommended.

Comparison table







Minimum score or grade



Reading 18
Listening 17
Speaking 20
Writing 17

Preliminary (with Distinction)
First (grade C)
Business Preliminary                  (with Distinction)
Business Vantage (grade C)
Business Higher








2) One or two exams belonging to each following disciplinary field:
a) Law (e.g. International Law, EU Law, Comparative Law)
b) Economics (e.g. Macroeconomics, Political Economy, Applied Economics)
c) Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Political Science)

2.1. Apply for the pre-selection
Complete the pre-selection application at: .
See more at
Opening: November 1, 2015
Deadline for non-EU students: April 30, 2016
Deadline for EU Students: September 1, 2016
Our Assessment Commission evaluates your previous university career. If you will be admitted or conditionally admitted, you will receive an invitation letter. Passing through this assessment procedure is useful because you can know in advance if you will be admitted when the official assessment procedure will start in mid-July 2016.

Apply for the pre-enrolment at the Italian Embassy/Consulate
Non-EU students residing abroad must apply for the pre-enrolment procedure to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
It is a separate procedure, disconnected with the Sapienza pre-selection application.
Opening: March 23, 2015
Deadline: July 7, 2016

Prepare your documents (for all citizens with foreign academic titles)
Candidates applying to a Master’s Degree Programme must possess a university degree (or equivalent post-secondary academic title). It must be translated and then officially legalised by an Italian Consulate or Embassy that will also issue a Declaration of Value.
Mandatory documents
1. Certified copy of your high school diploma (translated, legalized and accompanied by a Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore) issued by an Italian Consulate or Embassy in the country where the title was issued;
2. One certified photocopy and one simple photocopy of your University Degree (translated, legalised and with a Declaration of Value, as above);
3. One certified photocopy and one simple photocopy of your Academic Transcript issued by your university and listing all exams taken (translated and legalized by an Italian Consulate or Embassy in the country where the title was issued);
4. One photocopy (in the original language) of the detailed university study plan for each single subject together with the total number of hours required (theory and practice) to obtain the degree;
5. Copy of your ID (Identity Card) or Passport
6. Copy of Residence Permit and Reasons for issue. If you are renewing your residence permit, you will need a photocopy of your expired residence permit and the post office receipt for your renewal application. (ONLY for Non-EU Citizens);
7. Copy of your Study Visa. (ONLY for non-EU Citizens resident abroad).
Please note: Applications lacking any of these documents will be rejected.
EU students and EU equivalent students may replace the Declaration of Value with the Diploma Supplement for academic qualifications issued by institutes in the European Higher Education Area (Bologna Process) and self-certify their qualifications and the exams they have passed.

Register on InfoStud (see also the Tutorial 1)
Go to:    
Click on:          Registrati
Choose  the English language (see the top of the page) and insert your data
You have to insert also a taxpayer number. The system automatically generates a code after having insert some vital statistics (surname, name, gender, date and place of birth). You can also calculate it by yourself
After having completed the registration, you will receive an email of confirmation at your email address.
If you are a fully admitted student, skip the point 4 and go to the point 5
If you are a conditionally admitted student, go to the point 4

Register for the single course (for conditionally admitted students only; see also the Tutorial 4)
If you are a conditionally admitted student, your status does not permit you to register for the Master's Programme in Development and International Cooperation Sciences (curriculum Economics for Development).
In order to clear it, you have to take at least one or two extra-exams, relating to some courses belonging to the Bachelor's programme in Sviluppo e Cooperazione. In Italy, this kind of exam is called educational debit (debito formativo).
The Bachelor’s programme is taught in Italian language only. For this reason, you can directly sit the exam without attending the courses (namely, your are a "non-attending student"). Instead, textbooks and examinations will be in English language
You can sit the exam in September 2016, December 2016 and in January 2017. Furthermore, you can try to sit the exam at each date until you pass it and the mark doesn’t not influence your grade point average.
Each course costs € 107.50 (this price includes 75% discount that is reserved for students who intend to enroll at Sapienza University’s master’s programmes - Sapienza Manifesto art. 28 c. 7).
All the students concerned will receive an email with all the instruction in order to register for the single courses.