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The award
MSc

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
EUR 2529 per year

All study options

About Local Development at University of Padua

The course, conducted entirely in English, provides an advanced training level in the promotion of local development. In particular, it provides in-depth knowledge of the specific social, organizational, economic, territorial and institutional forms and dynamics that characterize local development processes in different contexts and at different levels of development. The course is multidisciplinary and the curricular contents will cover integrated knowledge in the fields of economic, sociological, statistical, historical-geographical, socio-pedagogical and anthropological areas.
The course intrinsically includes a multicultural and multilingual dimension, reinforced by partnerships and mobility agreements signed with foreign universities (Erasmus agreements).

The course includes a kick-off seminar, an incoming orientation activity that involves all the operational resources of the course, social partners and alumni. The goal is to create solid foundations for the teaching activities by sharing the course content and organization, with a look at the possible career opportunities.

The course includes an internship, also abroad, in connection with Local Development Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, Public Administrations at different scales, trade and citizenship associations, enterprises. The case study conducted during the internship will provide the starting point for the degree thesis.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 2529 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Our tuition fees will not exceed 2700 euros per year. Scholarship and fee waivers are available for international students, for more information visit our website.

Entry requirements

Bachelor diploma (or equivalent)

  • A minimum three-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) is required, with proven skills in Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy, International Economics, Management, Cooperation and Development, Intercultural Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, International Law, Political Philosophy, Geography, Social Psychology, Sociology.

The Academic Committee takes into consideration the final graduation mark of the first study cycle, where applicable, or alternatively the average grades as detailed in the Transcript of Records, considering that the minimum requirement for Italian entry qualifications is 95/110. Should it be not possible to directly compare the final graduation mark with the Italian grade scale, the Academic Committee shall consider the overall results in the candidate’s study curriculum

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Italian.

  • You can often get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

You must take the original entry qualification documents with you when you finally go to the university.

  • If you are admitted to the degree course, you will have to submit other documents including original and translated/legalised copies of your previous qualifications, etc. No legalised documents are required at application stage.

English language at a B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent is required. 

During the assesment procedure, the selection committee reserves the right to invite applicants to take an interview via the application platform.

What students think about University of Padua

    Prachi

    Testimonial from Prachi, student at University of Padua
    • from India
    • Master’s degree in Biotechnologies for food science

    I was positive to join UniPD because it had a curriculum that did fit my subject. Furthermore, there is a history of UniPD that instantly depicts the strong foundation of education... and to me that university, where I would get that foundation would always be preferred. And looking back at those years, I can clearly see that it was the right choice.

    The educational structure was somewhat to quite different from my home country.
    1) There is an inclination towards comprehensiveness of the course; professors like to teach in depth which make you get immersed into the topic and fully understand it.
    2) Exam period is especially interesting. You have so much time to focus and prepare (even though it never feels enough to any student.. haha). Also, there is a good direction by the professor if someone doesn't do well in the exam, so he/she can prepare better next time and retake the exam.
    3) It has a strong research focus for the science-based courses and that makes it a good learning.

    I enjoyed going to classes, and then walking around in the city, breathing the nature and refreshing in the company of my class-mates. There were phases of fun, study, extreme-fun and intense-study, which we managed to balance well somehow. The bestest part was having some professors who were like friends to us, which made study much more engaging.. and I for sure miss those professors. Can you imagine how good it was, that someone miss going to classes, and by the way, it is not only about UniPD, but there was also a lot because of the country, Italy, that made my time memorable.

    Carolina

    Testimonial from Carolina, student at University of Padua
    • from Brasil
    • Master’s degree in Forest Science

    The master's programme in Forest Science balances equally between the theoretical and practical parts of the courses, which frequently involves field trips in the North region of Italy, where Padova is located. This is a privileged region to have a forest science course, since it is close to a variety of ecosystems, such as the mountains (Alps), plain area (Po river), and the coast (Venice) and where it is possible to see the interaction of people-nature and climate change aspects.

    After the first year of the master experience, I got the chance to do a summer internship in FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), whose headquarter is in Rome. That was a dream coming true, since from the beginning of my career I used FAO’s reports as supporting material for my job and studies.

    Padua has the charm of a small city but everything you need from a big city. The thing I appreciate the most is just walking around the city centre and admiring the architecture of the historical buildings and squares, with an occasional stop for a coffee or spritz! The fact that it is bike friendly was another big plus.

    Padova is also logistically interesting, since you can easily reach many beautiful cities by train or bus, such as Venice (in just 30 minutes!), Verona, Vicenza, Treviso, or if you feel like going a little bit further (2 hours) you can get to Milano, or to the Alps (Belluno, Asiago), where you can find natural areas to hike or ski or just escape the hot summer days.

    Coming to Padova not only changed my professional career, but deeply changed my personal life: Here I found friends that I know I can count on for the rest of my life, and I also found love! I met my boyfriend over a year ago in the University.

    Lauren

    Testimonial from Lauren, student at University of Padua
    • from Scotland
    • Master’s degree in Human Rights and Multilevel Governance

    I would recommend the Unipd experience to anyone who wants to challenge themselves and be immersed in the Italian style of learning at university. At times it’s very intense but it’s also flexible and can suit anyone’s schedule, as I managed to work part time and even for 6 months, full time, on top of studying and volunteering. One thing I think is really important is making a real effort to learn Italian: it was very important for me to speak to local people and have the independence to go through bureaucratic procedures independently. In saying that, Padua is a very open-minded city with lots of people who speak English and a lot of international students! I sat my Italian exam and I was very happy that my efforts to immerse myself in the language have paid off, having never properly studied Italian before arriving in Padua!

    An important part of my university experience came from joining the CUS Padova triathlon team. Having not come from a sporty background but however enjoying running and cycling, I decided to challenge myself to complete a triathlon. I didn’t realise I would find such a great team of people who encouraged me to keep going and after 6 months in the team I saw such great improvements in my fitness. I managed to participate in 4 races, even completing one in Scotland whilst visiting home! The training sessions helped to de-stress after long days of studying but it also required a lot of commitment and taught me how to balance my studies alongside preparation for the race season!

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