Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International


The Master in International Cooperation and Development is structured as four complementary levels, fostering multidimensional training and integrating scientific methodologies and operative competences.

First level - Scientific Training

Economic and Human Development

Geopolitics, Conflict and Post-conflict Trade and Finance for Development Development Law and Institutions Project Cycle Management and Theory of Change

Second level - Professional Training

Development Actors and Strategies Crisis Prevention, Emergency, Relief and Recovery Resources and Development: Institutions, Corruption and Conflict

Human Rights, Human Dignity and Development

Enhancing Professional and Cooperative Skills

Scientific and professional training are intertwined, to facilitate the indispensable dialogue between theory and practice. Students of different academic backgrounds cover the essentials of development (definition, actors, indicators), and the development/globalization nexus (trade, migrations, foreign investment, debt and finance). Institution building is a cornerstone of development: during the course, students discuss institutions and policies, historical legacies and current geopolitics, and geography as well, since energy and resources endowments, environmental and extreme climate events challenge local and international human security.

On this background, professional expertise can overcome the technocratic risk of applying one-size-fits-all projects. Students learn to design and evaluate development projects, to effectively communicate with all stakeholders. Development is not a mechanism: it is the experience of creativity that comes from truly partnering with the local community. In this perspective, the course also provides deep insights on selected development practices: poverty eradication, food security, community health, women’s education and entrepreneurship, resilience; last but not least, financing for development (impact investing, contrasting illicit cross-country financial flows).

Third 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.

Fourth 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.