• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
MESCI - Master in Development Economics and International Cooperation - Bridging Skills for Sustainable Development, is a one year international Master (M2 level) programme (60 credits) held at the School of Economics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.


The programme, which is taught in English, provides a solid grounding in the most recent economic theories in micro- and macroeconomics, as well as in econometrics and statistics.

This intensive Master aims to equip students with an in-depth understanding of economic development issues, as well as with analytical skills and methods for applied research on growth, poverty, inequality, migration, labour, education, credit, gender, environmental and trade issues.

Courses are grounded in the current challenges the world is facing in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and students are provided with opportunities to learn and interact with staff from United Nations specialized agencies headquartered in Rome (FAO, IFAD and WFP), where many past students undertook their internships and found employment.

Since its inception, this programme has enjoyed international recognition and attracts students worldwide.


A question that anyone thinking of applying for a master's degree, particularly in a different country, is likely to ask themselves is, "what am I going to get out of this?"

Studying a master's degree abroad can be an expensive business, and from beginning your research into programs and institutions to completing the degree itself, it can take up a significant portion of your life.

So what difference will a master's degree really make to you? What guarantee do you have that your personal investment of time and finances will pay off? And can you measure your return on investment?

Of course, the answers to all of these questions are not straightforward. Each graduate, even if studying the same modules and courses at the same university, is very different. We all have different skills, experiences and personalities and react differently to whatever environment we are in. It's very often these qualities that have the most impact on our ability to secure the best jobs and really make the most of the opportunities that we are presented with.

However, there are some clear and measurable benefits from studying an advanced degree for the majority of those who go through the experience:

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Quantitative methods
  • Economics
  • Credit, growth and welfare
  • Project and programme implementation and evaluation
  • Education and gender
  • Governance, environmental economics and sustainable development



Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Starting date is October 1st for international students and October 8th for Italian students.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Candidates are required to possess the following requisites:

  • Italian university degree or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. The administrative board of the course will assess the value of foreign degrees.
  • A strong interest in studying development economics and international cooperation issues
  • A good knowledge of English (which can be confirmed by a written certificate).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5904 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5904 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Tuition fee in the amount of €5.900,00 is to be paid in 2 installments:

  • €3.146,00 at registration
  • the remaining €2.900,00 by December 1st 

Living costs for Roma

  • 850 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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