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STeDe - Sustainable Territorial Development, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #234 (QS) ,
STeDe - Sustainable Territorial Development programme from University of Padova aims to create experts in the area of sustainable territorial development.


More concretely it trains professionals to be able to help organizations acting in the territory (enterprises, local communities, civil society organizations) to draft sustainable development policies for economic, social, environmental, international and intercultural management. 

The Master concerns the economic competitiveness, social inclusion, environmental protection, international cooperation and intercultural relation challenges of territorial development focussing not only on local communities, but also on enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations. 

It also aims to offer an example of sustainable territory involving all local organizations, which should have human resources available and able to promote sustainable development. 

The STeDe - Sustainable Territorial Development programme from University of Padova can be attended only on a full-time basis. Attending lectures is compulsory; no distance learning will be provided.

Teaching languages are English and French.

The Master refers to the ability of:

– giving recommendations in the area of sustainable territorial development;

– taking part in the idea, analysis and management of a sustainable development policy on the territory;

– assessing the different validation tools for sustainable development actions and policies within public and private territorial organizations.

Job opportunities

Job opportunities for alumni could be found in all sectors where sustainable development actions should be implemented, in particular in territorial organizations responsible for the creation of sustainable territories (territorial communities, enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations, local governments), the central government and international organizations.

Potential posts are: environmental adviser; sustainable development manager in local communities, public administrations, enterprises, civil society organizations & local governments; representative within local public institutions, national and international institutions, enterprises, trade unions & professional bodies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Communication, culture and the knowledge of Italian socio-cultural environment
  • Group Dynamics and Transformative Learning 
  • Project planning and evaluation 
  • Environmental and Social Responsibility in Local Development Process 
  • How to Measure the Impact of Local Development 
  • How to Enhance Group Dynamics: Issues in Sustainable Development, Intercultural Dialogue and Territoriality 
  • Territorial Development and GIS 

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • More details:
                    • 2nd round of selection, April 1st 2019 – May 15th 2019 (ONLY SELF-SPONSORED CANDIDATES)
                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 24 months
                  • Credits
                    120 ECTS
                  • Languages
                    • Partially taught in English
                    • Partially taught in French
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

                  English Language Requirements

                  This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                  General Requirements

                  Candidates are required to have:

                  • a first cycle academic degree of at least 3 years – 180 ECTS credits (Licenciatura, Academic Bachelor degree, Diploma di Laurea di primo livello, Licence) or an equivalent degree (Diplôme d’Ecole d’Ingénieurs, Ecole de Commerce etc.), obtained by June 30th and officially recognized by the national law
                  • a good command of English and French, both spoken and written
                  • a personal interest on sustainable development (see the Personal Statement form)

                  Language certificates are not required to be eligible to participate to Master Programme. However, if pre-selected your language proficiency in both English and French will be verified during a Skype Interview.

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    7000 EUR/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                  • EU/EEA

                    4000 EUR/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                  The participation tuition fees for Self-sponsored students are:

                  • 4,000 Euros/Academic Year (EU Applicants)
                  • 7,000 Euros/Academic Year (for non-EU Applicants)

                  Living costs for Padova

                  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
                    Living Costs

                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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