From legislative and regulatory to organizational and managerial foundations, this Master's programme in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development explores of a modern public procurement system. Dive into the study of policy tools and theory with applied assignments and research work to bridge the current deficit in qualified human resources.
Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises
Exchange ideas with international students and faculty
Engage with experts from the ILO and other international organizations
The Master's Programme in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development explores the legislative, regulatory, organizational and managerial foundations of a modern public procurement system. It aims to help bridge the current deficit in qualified human resources and to enable procurement professionals to cope with the challenges of regulating, executing and monitoring public procurement in an economic and socially responsive manner while mitigating adverse environmental impacts. The programme is a unique blended-learning opportunity that combines the study of policy tools and theory with applied assignments and research work. It provides direct access to expertise from academia, international organizations and think tanks, as well as the latest literature and cutting-edge research in preparation for a range of highly developed functions connected with public procurement management and its supervision.
The Master’s programme is an intensive, blended learning course of one full year duration, of which only four months require full classroom attendance. It requires your total dedication as well as your maximum intellectual commitment.
The unique learning path offered by this programme through a succession of distance learning, face-to-face tuition and applied research ensures an optimal transfer of competences while minimising disruption of your job.
The award of a First Level Master's Degree by the University of Turin is conditional on your performance in the formal examinations and coursework assignments, as well as on a successful dissertation on an approved procurement topic.
The programme provides you with a comprehensive package of “learning resources” which include:
The Master is an intensive, blended learning course of one full year duration, which is divided into:
Part I – Distance learning online (05 October 2020 - 22 January 2021)
Part II – Face-to-face learning (25 January 2021 until 28 May 2021)
Final dissertation (outline to be presented in Turin by 28 May 2021, deadline beginning of October 2021)
The evaluation strategy uses different types of assessment:
A First Level Degree from the University of Turin will be awarded to all participants who fulfil the following conditions:
There are two Master's, level I and level II.
The only difference between them is the educational background and academic qualification required: to enrol on a level I Master's you need a bachelor degree; while for a level II Master's you already need a post-graduate degree. Pursuing a Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development a first level Master degree will be awarded.
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The programme is held in English.
The fifteenth Master's edition 2020/2021 will start on 05 October 2020. It has three parts, with the following timetable:
Students who pass the prescribed examinations will be awarded a first level Master degree from the University of Turin.
The programme will be held in Turin, Italy, at the International Training Centre of the ILO. Its Campus and facilities provide an ideal environment for living and studying, sharing experience, learning from one other and creating networks.
The overall objective of the Master is to help bridge the current deficit in qualified human resources and to enable procurement professionals to cope with the challenges of regulating, executing and monitoring public procurement in an economic and socially responsive manner.
At the end of the Master, you will have acquired a full spectrum of knowledge and skills covering:
Students gain the tools to cope with the challenges of regulating, executing and monitoring public procurement in an economic and socially responsive manner.
The course is structured in three parts: online learning, residential classes, and an individual research paper.
This intensive, year-long course combines online and residential work for students at different stages of their careers.
The Master is well organized and offers outstanding academic resources and expertise. It was a great opportunity for me to share knowledge with procurement professionals from different countries around the globe, as well as, to meet great people.
Students learn by studying, collaborating, and observing practitioners in action.
The Master is a flagship programme of the Turin School of Development (ITCILO) delivered as a first-level master’s degree by the Faculties of Law and Management of the University of Turin.It prepares students to apply their knowledge in a range of executive and managerial functions connected with public procurement management and its supervision.It provides students with direct access to expertise from academia, international organizations, think-tanks and the private sector to respond to current and future challenges. It explores the legislative, regulatory, organisational and managerial foundations of a modern public procurement system.
How can I apply for this Master?
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What documents should I submit with my application?
You should attach the requested supporting documents in the Supporting Documents section of the on-line application form (An asterisk(*) indicates that a field is mandatory).
Officials documents should be uploaded in one of the following formats (in pdf. jpeg. word.)
The documents include a copy of:
Important: Only complete application forms will be accepted by the online application system.
When is the deadline for submitting my application for the 15th edition (2020/21)?
You are expected to submit your complete application form, fully filled in, together with the requested documents no later than 15 September 2020.
What are the prerequisites for admission to the Master?
You should hold a Bachelor degree that lasted at least three years or a Master’s degree in public administration, engineering, law, social sciences or any related discipline.
You must demonstrate a good level of English.
What are the selection criteria for the Master?
The selection criteria take into consideration your education and professional profile as well as your self-financial potential. On your application form, you are kindly requested to indicate the portion of the tuition fee and full board that you are able to finance.
Are there any scolarships available?
A number of sponsors have earmarked a limited amount (only on part of the tuition fees) of financial assistance to facilitate the participation of deserving candidates who are unable to meet the full tuition plus accommodation costs. You are therefore expected to finance your own participation as far as possible.
On your application form, you are kindly asked to indicate whether you can:
Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee in two different rounds of admission. Interested candidates should duly complete and submit the on-line application form and the requested documents, no later than the 15th of April 2020 (to be screened and evaluated for the
1st round of enrollment if they wish to request sponsorship by an ITCILO fellowship) or the 15th of September 2020 (to be screened and evaluated for the 2nd round). The fellowships may only be awarded after all applications (both first and second round) are submitted.
When can I expect to learn the outcome of the selection processes?
The selection process will be finalized by mid-September 2020.
If you are one of the selected participants, you will receive an acceptance letter from the Master Scientific Committee within one month after your online registration.
Once I have been enrolled for the Master, which documents do I need to bring with me to Turin?
In order to register at the University of Turin, you need to bring the following documents with you to Turin:
Important: Obtaining these documents can be a lengthy process; once you receive the acceptance letter, you should apply for them immediately.
What kind of Academic degree I will obtain upon completion of this Master?
Upon completion of the Master’s programme, you will be awarded a First Level Master of Arts (MA) degree in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development (“Master Universitario di Primo Livello”) by the University of Turin.
A University Master is a course of high specialization for an academic improvement and enhancement in a specific content area, in order to provide graduate students with advanced education and training for highly qualified professions in specific sectors. It provides a minimum of 60 university training credits (the equivalent of 1500 hours of study).
If you intend to proceed with a PhD after this Master, check with the universities of your interest if a one-year master is sufficient to apply for a PhD.
How can I obtain recognition of this academic qualification in my country of origin?
Holders of Italian Higher Education degrees, such as the certificate of this Master in Public Procurement Management in Sustainable Development, who wish to have them recognized abroad:
If you are in Italy, you can turn to the embassy of the country you would like to recognize your degree in. Foreign embassies in Italy often provide information on the education system in their country. They may also offer such services as legalization of translations from Italian into their national languages.
If you are outside of Italy, turn to the national education authorities of the country you need it recognized in, to ask about how to obtain recognition. The procedure varies from country to country.
What does the cost of bed and breakfast accommodation at the ITCILO campus cover?
The bed and breakfast accommodation at the ITCILO campus costs € 6,930. It covers the cost of a single room and breakfast only (no lunch or dinner).
Accommodation outside the ITCILO campus
If you don’t stay on the ITCILO campus, you can also find an accommodation in central Turin. A single room (breakfast excluded) costs about 400-600€ per month.
Please visit Turin University’s accommodation web pages:
Important: In order to find an accommodation outside of the ITCILO Campus, , which is not too far to reach, it is advised to make your booking as soon as possible after receiving your acceptance letter. As Turin is a student city the demand for apartments might increase especially in the beginning of the semester.
Training facilities and Internet connections
During the face-to-face learning phase, lectures will be held in classrooms equipped with all necessary training facilities and Wi-Fi.
You room (on campus) also has an Internet connection via cable and Wi-Fi.
There is a computer room with Internet connections, open 24 hours a day in the campus reception area.
Can I bring my family?
Yes, but unfortunately no assistance with obtaining visas or accommodation is provided by the ITCILO for family members or friends that wish to stay in Italy during the participant’s period of study at the ITCILO campus.
If you want your family or friends to visit you while you are in Turin, you should arrange their visas, travel and accommodation yourself.
From which date is the cost of stay at ITCILO campus covered by the bed and breakfast accomodation fee?
According to ITCILO rules, the bed and breakfast accommodation starts the day before (normally a Sunday) the beginning of the course and ends the day after the end of the course (normally a Saturday).
Within the Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development Program, the Sustainable Development cluster of the ITCILO offers a series of Specialized Courses. These courses are a focused and in depth look to each of the corresponding subjects, enabling the target participant to attain a high degree of knowledge and proficiency in an abridged amount of time.