24 months
2507 EUR/year
2507 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Local Development programme at University of Padova trains professionals to be able to help private and public organizations, enterprises, local communities, civil society movements acting in the territory to draft local development policies.

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The Local Development programme is offered at University of Padova.

Career opportunities

Graduates work as professionals in local development and development cooperation within different social and regional contexts in international, governmental and nongovernmental organisations, through context analysis and feasibility studies, elaboration and evaluation of policies and programmes.

Programme Structure


  • The programme includes subjects like political, economic, regional and social organisation, territorial and spatial analysis (GIS), statistics for the measurement of local and sustainable development, intercultural learning, design and development of group dynamics. 
  • During the second year, on-site traineeship will enable the students to carry out researches that could be the starting point for the Master’s degree final exam.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • First Call for Applications - : 7th January-7th March 
  • Second Call for Applications - : 7th April-7th July




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with proven skills in Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy, International Economics, Management, Cooperation and Development, Intercultural Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, International Law, Political Philosophy, Geography, Social Psychology, Sociology
  • Minimum GPA equivalent to Italian 95/110
  • English language at a B2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or corresponding level (e.g. Academic IELTS or TOEFL/IBT) is required. A certificate stating they have demonstrated such ability may be presented if it is not more than 3 years old at the date of enrolment.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2507 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2507 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2507 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2507 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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