International relations and development cooperation (RICS)


The Master's Degree Course in International relations and development cooperation trains participants to become professionals with multidisciplinary skills and high-level operational and analytical skills to work in international, government and non-government organizations, European institutions, Public Administrations and agencies that operate within the national territory and private businesses active in the international markets.

Educational goals
  • develop specialized knowledge of contemporary international relations, the players involved in global governance, the main geopolitical issues, the spread of processes of democratisation, the institutions in emerging countries, cooperation policies of the international institutions, economic development policies and the dynamics of international journalism
  • possess specific skills relative to the mode of operation of international economic institutions, problems of debt and sustainable growth, bilateral, multilateral, decentralised and non-governmental cooperation policies, relationships between emerging countries, processes of regionalisation and decentralisation, techniques for transforming and regulating conflicts, the political doctrines of global development and the role of the media and of international public opinion
  • develop interdisciplinary knowledge and acquire functional methodological tools to design, coordinate and carry out international cooperation interventions in the fields of economic development, institutional consolidation, environmental sustainability and the protection of human rights
  • acquire a high-level command of at least two foreign languages

Professional opportunities

The fields in which the graduate will find employment include organizations, national and international public and private institutions, economic and non-profit businesses operating in Italy and abroad that must, in various ways, compete in the international environment and that of developing countries.

The graduate will also be able to take on roles of responsibility and leadership in organizations that represent collective interests (political parties, trade unions for companies and workers, associations for the protection of the environment and human rights, associations of national or supranational interest or of a humanitarian, cultural and scientific nature).

The learning provided by the Course means graduates will be suited to the roles of:

  • ambassador, director and officer in the context of a diplomatic career
  • designer, consultant and professional in the field of development cooperation
  • manager in the field of “internationalization” of small and medium enterprises
  • expert in humanitarian emergency programmes
  • manager of communication structures, public relations, research & development
  • junior officer in government and non-government international organizations
  • manager of internal and external communication in multinational companies and international groups
  • public relations specialist
  • specialist in political science and international analyst
  • expert in institutional communication
  • manager in environmental protection agencies in both a national and international context
  • expert in environment and cooperation projects
  • disaster manager, risk manager in an environmental context
  • consultant in environmental policy and economics in public and private institutions