M.A. Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci

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  • 12 months
  • EUR5900 Year (Non-EEA)
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Tor Vergata University of Rome | Rome, Italy
The Master In Development Economics and International Co-operation (MESCI) is a one year international post-graduate programme (60 credits), using an interdisciplinary methodology to development. It stands apart from other masters in this field in its practical approach to economic development, analysis of markets, institutions, and regulation by public and private agencies, in order to bridge the gap between academia and the workplace.

Description of Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci


The Master In Development Economics and International Co-operation (MESCI)is a one year international Masters (M2 level) programme (60 credits) in development economics and public policy 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 theory in micro- and macroeconomics, as well as in econometrics and statistics. This intensive Masters 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 poverty, inequality, labour, credit, environmental and trade issues.

MESCI is targeted to students and young professionals pursuing, or intending to embark on careers in international organizations, public and private companies engaged in international activities and non-governmental organizations. Since its inception, this programme has enjoyed international recognition and attracts students worldwide. Students from the following countries have taken part in the programme: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Central Africa, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, El Salvador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Holland, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Mission of Mesci

The MESCI - Master in Development Economics and International Co-operation - aims at training specialists in developing economics and in international cooperation who will be able to operate in both the public and private sector. The intent is to provide the student with the necessary skills to prepare, analyse and direct co-operation programs and projects for the promotion of growth in developing countries. Furthermore students of MESCI will also be prepared to support the internationalisation activities of businesses to be set up in developing countries. These skills will include

  • Economic, institutional and social problems – and their interdependence – which characterise developing countries, and the political policies necessary to tackle them;
  • Techniques for the formulation, analysis and the ex ante and the ex post evaluation of cooperation programmes and projects regarding the promotion of growth and the problems of their management;
  • Rules and practices governing access to the markets in developing countries, the localization of activities for the production of goods and services in these countries, the development of partnerships with local businesses, and the integration of these markets in the process of globalization.


At the end of the programme, an internship can be undertaken at one of the businesses, NGOs, Institutions, national and international bodies involved in international cooperation activities in developing countries. Some of the internships opportunities will be dealt directly through the Programme coordinator; they are strictly related to the student’s profile and internship requirements. Students will have to present a final report related to their internship programme.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline September 18th
Tuition fee
  • EUR 5900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 5900 Year (EEA)

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

  • 3.146,00€ (including revenue stamp of 16.00€ and 130€ of A3 size final certificate) at registration upon acceptance into the Programme
  • the remaining 2.900,00€ by December 1st 2015
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content



  • Mathematics 16h, 2 ECTS
    Paolo Paesani - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Statistics 20h, 2.5 ECTS
    giuseppe Vittucci - University of Milan Bicocca
  • Stata workshop and tests 20h. 2.5 ECTS
    Joanna Kopinska - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Econometrics 24h, 3ECTS
    Giuseppe Vittucci - University of Milan Bicocca


  • Microeconomics 24h, 3ECTS
    Paolo Paesani - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Macroeconomics 24h, 3ECTS
    Alessandro Piergallini - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"


  • Insurance, microfinance and credit markets 12h, 2ECTS
    Leonardo Becchetti - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Welfare, inequality and poverty: theory, measurement and estimation 24h, 3ECTS
    Giovanni Vecchi - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Economic growth 20h, 2.5ECTS
    Barbara Annicchiarico - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”



  • Planning techniques and implementation procedures of development projects 8h, 1ECTS
    Matteo Scaramella - ABATON
  • Project and programme evaluation 24h, 3ECTS
    Abdel Talaat Malek - American University of Cairo
  • Impact evaluation for evidence-based policy in development 24h, 3ECTS
    Daniele Pacifico - Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies


  • Labour Economics 12h, 2ECTS
    Elisabetta Olivieri - Bank of Italy
  • The economics of child labour 4h, 0.5ECTS
    Furio Rosati - ILO, UNICEF and World Bank - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
    Lorenzo Guarcello - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Education for development 12h, 2ECTS
    To be confirmed
  • Challenges to urban development in Southern cities 16h, 2ECTS
    Renu Modi - University of Mumbay
  • Gender and development 12h, 2ECTS
    Annalisa Rosselli - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
    Gretchen Bloom, Women's empowerment & gender equality expert in International development & humanitarian assistance
  • Health Economics in developing countries 4h, 1ECTS
    Vincenzo Atella - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"


  • Governance and corruption in developing countries 12h, 2ECTS
    Bernard Gauthier - University of Montreal
  • Sustainable development, environment and climate change 16h, 2ECTS
    Alessio D’Amato - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Food security, food price crisis, and the role of information 12h,
    Sara Savastano - Universtity of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Managing rural development 8h, 1ECTS
    David Suttie, IFAD


  • International trade theory and growth 12h, 2ECTS
    Dominick Salvatore - Fordham University, New York
  • International trade policy - Protectionism and free trade 12h, 2ECTS
    Adel Beshai - American University Of Cairo
  • Exchange rate theory and open economy; financial crisis, debt and macroeconomic adjustment 16h, 2ECTS
    José Aixala - University of Zaragoza


  • Fair trade and sustainable development 12h, 2ECTS
    Leonardo Becchetti - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Economics of conflicts 16h, 2ECTS
    Kade Finoff, University of Massachusetts


The Teaching Staff of MESCI is composed of professors from the School of Economics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, professors from other Italian and foreign universities, researchers and experts from institutions, bodies and firms operating in the fields of development economics and international cooperation.

The Teaching Staff are:

  • Jose AIXALA - University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Barbara ANNICCHIARICO - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Vincenzo ATELLA - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Leonardo BECCHETTI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Adel BESHAI - American University of Cairo
  • Gretchen BLOOM - Women's Empowerment & Gender Equality Expert in International Development & Humanitarian Assistance
  • Bernard GAUTHIER - Institut d' économie appliquée HEC, Montréal
  • Lorenzo GUARCELLO - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Alessio D’AMATO - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Joanna KOPINSKA - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Francesco MANARESI - Bank of Italy
  • Elisabetta OLIVIERI - Bank of Italy
  • Daniele PACIFICO - Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies
  • Paolo PAESANI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Luigi PAGANETTO - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Alessandro PIERGALLINI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Furio Camillo ROSATI - International Program Director Understanding Children's Work Italy - ILO, UNICEF and World Bank - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Annalisa ROSSELLI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Dominick SALVATORE - Fordham University, New York
  • Matteo SCARAMELLA - Director ABATON
  • Talaat ABDEL MALEK - American University of Cairo
  • Giovanni TRIA - University of Rome "Tor Vergata" - SSPA Director
  • Giuseppe VITTUCCI - University of Milan Bicocca
  • Giovanni VECCHI - Universiy of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Marco ZUPI - CESPI and Roskilde University Centre, Denmark

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Requirements for Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci

Candidates are required to possess the following requisites:

  • Italian university degree (obtained at the latest by autumn 2014) 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). In the absence of the latter the candidate will be requested to sit an oral and written test.

The first 2 modules of the programme provides an introduction and an elaboration of concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics. These aim both to provide some basic training for students without an academic background in those subjects and to consolidate the understanding of students who do. Students without an economics/mathematics background should be aware of the fact that the study of these subjects will imply relevant additional efforts from their side.

Work Experience for Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci

No work experience is required.

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