Master in International Cooperation and Development - MICAD



MICaD is structured in four complementary levels, fostering multidimensional training and integrating scientific methodologies and operative competences.


The first level provides students of different academic backgrounds with a multidisciplinary education on various dimensions of development processes aimed at acquiring the relevant economic, political, historical, legal, institutional and managerial competences, with a special focus on fighting against poverty and fostering social inclusion.

Main topics covered:

  • Poverty, inequality and human development, development economics
  • International relations and regional development challenges
  • Economic integration, multinational enterprises, financial flows and remittances
  • International law, human rights, migration law
  • Identification, formulation, funding, implementation and evaluation of development initiatives


The second level intends to develop practical skills required to operate in the sector. It covers theoretical and practical exploration of development and emergency cooperation, including actors and strategies of intervention, emergency relief, natural resource management, conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction. Special attention will be devoted to transversal issues such as food security, environmental sustainability, community-based development initiatives. The development of personal skills is also stressed for an efficient career management. Special attention is devoted to the so-called soft skills through an assessment tool offered by BeInValYou, company expert in recruitment and consulting services. The students will be accompanied in the identification of the competencies to be trained for their professional enhancement. The 2nd level activities are based on team work, workshops, seminars, and role playing. The professionals and experts involved in these activities operate in NGOs, international organizations, public administration and companies.

3rd Level - PROJECT WORK

Students are required to develop a personal research project on a topic related to development cooperation, in close contact with a Master professor and/or a professional from a partner institution. The project work will often be connected to the internship experience, thus combining analytical skills and practical experience.

4th Level – INTERNSHIP

The Master's program is completed with an internship in Italy or abroad within an institution whose mission and activities are consistent with the Master's program. This gives the student the invaluable opportunity to test and strengthen the competencies acquired during the Master's program and it usually lasts at least three months. Students will receive support and tutoring for their internship research, specifically concerning CV and cover letter preparation, vacancies research and internship announcements indication.

See the list of some of the past internships

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