The International Master in Public Procurement Management programme at Tor Vergata University of Rome is characterized by its interdisciplinary content and it is meant to attract public purchasers with relevant experience in procurement as well as young students interested in preparing for a career in public procurement.

The Master run from March to July with classroom lectures followed by distance learning and a mandatory, professional internship in a company or institution which can be in Italy, in the student’s home country or elsewhere. During the classroom period, lectures and advanced level training activities will be part of the programme. Moreover, the professional staff of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Procurement Department will also be involved in the teaching activities, thus prestigiously contributing to the practical orientation of the programme.

Classes are all taught in English, therefore language proficiency is required to successfully attend the courses and to actively participate in all the learning activities.

This programme offers professional procurement specialists the opportunity to improve their skills and upgrade their competences to keep pace with the fast changing field of procurement and subsequently bring the direct improvements and benefits to the public and private companies and institutions that they represent. It is a challenging programme which utilises an international approach to procurement where environmental, ethical, strategic and legal issues are thoroughly examined on a global level. The field of procurement is predicted to grow significantly in the near future, hence professional opportunities in private and public agencies will open for specialists such as negotiators, contracting officer and contract administrators who have had high level training in procurement issues.

Students of this programme will directly improve their ability to:

  • decipher and utilise competitive supply strategies
  • improve strategic outsourcing
  • create innovative supplier pricing models
  • efficiently assess potential suppliers
  • capitalise on e-procurement instruments
  • reduce company costs while improving product quality
  • encourage ethical behaviour through the use of best practice principles and transparency

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Negotiation and team building
  • Economics of procurement
  • Legal background
  • Competition and procurement
  • Planning and management of procurement operations
  • Quality management
  • Contract complaints and disputes

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Applicants must have either an Italian (2 years) Master of Science University degree (Laurea Magistrale, Laurea Specialistica or Laurea vecchio ordinamento) or an equivalent foreign University degree.
  • Applicants must have at least five years of prior working experience in procurement. Only a limited number of applicants who have recently graduated and who have little professional experience in procurement will be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English, however no proficiency exams or certificates will be required. English knowledge will be evaluated during the interviews with candidates.

Work Experience

At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees for Italian and EU students (who declare an income in Italy) depend on the student's family income.


  • €156 to be paid as a first installment and €500 to be paid as a second installment for extra-EU students from the developing countries
  • €156 to be paid as a first installment, plus €1.000 to be paid as a second installment for all the other non-EU students

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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.


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