Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Deadline for application: 30 May 2018

Starting date: 15 October 2018


15 October 2018 - 12 October 2019


Master Information

Deadline for application: 30 May 2018

Starting date: 15 October 2018


15 October 2018 - 12 October 2019


Course description



The Master is designed by the University of Turin, the Politecnico di Torino, and the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), in collaboration with the UNESCO Cultural sector and World Heritage Centre and ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).

The University Paris 1 Sorbonne– Pantheon and the Macquarie University of Sydney - Australia, two top universities in the international panorama, are academic partners of the Master.

The Research Center “Centro Studi Silvia Santagata-Ebla”, created by professor Walter Santagata who founded this Master Programme, acts as a technical focal point in the delivery of the Master.


The Master will take place from 15 October 2018 and is divided into three major learning cycles.

The first cycle will be conducted through a distance learning component that will start on 15 October 2018 and will end on 21 December 2018.

The second cycle, from 21 January 2018 to 17 May 2019, is a face-to-face learning period that will be held in Turin, Italy, at the International Training Centre of the ILO. Class attendance is compulsory for the entire period.

The third cycle, from 20 May 2019 to 15 October 2019, will be a research and study period during which the students are expected to finalize their final project. 

Course Structure

I° cycle - Distance Learning

Module Io - Distance Learning

 The introductory distance learning phase of the course lasts 2 months and is tutor-assisted.

 It includes two foundation modules:
• Cultural Heritage and Economic Development
• World Heritage System and Heritage Management.

  II° cycle - Face to Face


Module II o - Culture and Economic Development

This module introduces participants to the following topics:
• The value chain of cultural and heritage sites;
• Cultural capital and the theory of sustainable development;
• The role of culture in supporting local development;
• Cultural districts, property rights and sustainable economic development;
• Governance and cultural policies in cultural/creative industries;
• Micro enterprises, local entrepreneurship and micro finance;
• Gender-related economics;
• International organizations and cultural projects;
• Cultural resources as a strategic engines for local development.


Module III o – Project Management in the Cultural Field

This module is intended to upgrade participants’ competences in the disciplines of project cycle design and management. All phases of the project cycle will be analyzed ranging from: problem analysis, stakeholder mapping, strategy selection (alternative analysis), project planning (logical framework) and scheduling, and project formulation as well as resource allocation and budgetary management. Monitoring and evaluation of projects will also be covered. Ample opportunity will be given to the  participants to practice the development of the project logical framework and project appraisal techniques.


Module IV o – Cultural Sectors and Creative Industries

This module investigates the main cultural sectors that come into play in cultural policies, as well as the institutional, regulatory, economic  framework and policies that govern their functioning.

Based on students preferences, this module can include:

• Museums;

• Monuments and archaeological sites;

• Urban heritage;

• Performing arts;

• Creative and Cultural industries;

• Economics of cultural tourism;

• Contemporary heritage;

• Cultural routes;

• The global system of UNESCO designations and programmes.


Module V o – Tools for Strategic Planning and Evaluation

This module explores the main tools needed for evaluating, planning,  managing and monitoring cultural resources and heritage assets. Specifically, it focuses on frameworks and methodologies and instruments for Strategic Planning and Management. It includes an illustration of tools for decision making processes and stakeholders engagements in the field of landscape and heritage enhancement.


 III° cycle - Final research


Module VI o - Home research and study

This module allows the participants to further elaborate and develop their project proposals, in order to prepare their final submission and to  explore possibilities of concrete implementation.

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10127 Turin - Italy

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