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The Development Economics and International Co-operation (MESCI) programme from Tor Vergata University of Rome aims at training specialists in developing economics and in international cooperation who will be able to operate in both the public and private sector.
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  • Fees and funding


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 international cooperation at the School of Economics of the Tor Vergata University of Rome. 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.

Mission of Mesci

The Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci 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 Development Economics and International Co-operation - 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.


The market for development economists remains strong: international organizations, universities, research institutions, business firms, government and non-government agencies have numerous openings, and graduates of high-quality post-graduate programs such as MESCI are competitively positioned in finding highly rewarding positions.

During recent years, Development Economics and International Co-operation - Mesci students have been accepted at OECD, WFP, UNDP, FAO, IFAD, ILO, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italian Trade Commission and other prestigious organizations. Many foreign students return to their native countries and take important public, private, and university positions.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Quantitative methods
  • Economics
  • Credit, growth and welfare
  • Projects and programmes implementation and evaluation
  • Education, labour and gender issues for developing countries
  • Corruption, environmental and urban economics
  • International economics: trade and finance
For more information please visit the programme website.


MESCI is targeted to students and young professionals pursuing 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 around 80 countries have taken part in the programme, making the environment multicultural and international.


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:

  • Talaat ABDEL MALEK - American University of Cairo
  • Sabrina AGUIARI - FAO, UNDP, WYG International
  • Barbara ANNICCHIARICO - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Leonardo BECCHETTI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Adel BESHAI - American University of Cairo 
  • Simone BORRA - University of Rome "Tor vergata”
  • Gabriele CAPPELLI  - Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Pierluigi CONZO - University of Turin
  • Alessio D’AMATO - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • Fonna FORMAN, University of San Diego, California
  • Lorenzo GUARCELLO - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Rodrigo HORMAZABAL, WAP Consulting
  • Joanna KOPINSKA - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Paolo PAESANI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Alessandro PIERGALLINI - University of Rome "Tor Vergata" 
  • Shanti PILLAY - California State University
  • Roberto ROCCI - 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
  • David SUTTIE - IFAD
  • Giovanni VECCHI - Universiy of Rome "Tor Vergata"

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Starting date  is October 2nd (for foreign students, October 9th for Italian students).
  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

Candidates are required to possess the following requisites:

  • Italian university degree (obtained at the latest by autumn 2017) 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 proven command of English.
The first two modules of the programme introduce and elaborate concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics. These modules aim to provide both some basic training for students without an academic background in these subjects and to strengthen skills for students who are already somewhat proficient. Students without an economics/mathematics background should be aware that these modules will require them to make additional efforts.

The first two modules of the programme provide 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.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 5900 International
  • EUR 5900 EU/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 2017


Italian students:

MESCI usually receives scholarships from INPS - ex INPDAP. Please contact us for further information

Foreing students:
For the academic year 2017/2018 Master MESCI is part of the Invest your talent programme of the Italian Ministry of foriegn affairs. Scholarships may be available for students of the following countries :











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