Respond to current and future labour market challenges in developing countries. This programme provides students with the policy making tools they need to address the major social and economic challenges of a transforming world.
Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises
Exchange ideas with international students and faculty
Engage with experts from the ILO and the ITCILO, practitioners and university professors
A key challenge around the world is to promote inclusive and sustainable development through full, productive and decent employment for all. In addition to existing labour market deficits, such as informality, the world of work is being buffeted by new and accelerating forces, including climate change and technological disruption. In response, governments, social partners and other stakeholders need the right technical expertise to analyse the economy through an employment lens and to use these insights to shape an effective policy agenda. Skills needed are both analytical and quantitative, along with the ability of applying them in different development contexts. In response to these demands, the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Turin, Italy, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), offers a first-level Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development (MALED). This refreshed and relaunched one-year programme is delivered entirely in English, including a distance-learning phase, a face-to-face residential period on the ITCILO's campus in Turin, followed by another distance phase for the finalization of the dissertation. Students benefit from a unique mix of lecturers, researchers, and experts from bilateral and international agencies, including the ILO. The programme builds on research findings and tools developed by the ILO, other international organizations and the academic institutions associated with the programme. Career opportunities after this Master's include roles in national administrations, workers' and employers' organizations, international organizations, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, non-profit organizations, consulting and research institutions.
The Master is intended for both: - Recent university graduates from developing and developed countries who seek a career focused on labour economics and development - Professionals in government, UN agencies, other multilateral organizations and bilateral agencies, social partners, research institutions, NGOs and other relevant organizations
The main objective of the Master’s programme is to prepare students and professionals from both advanced and developing countries to analyse economic and labour market issues and evaluate policies that place employment at the core of economic, social and development policymaking.
At the end of the Master’s programme, participants will be able to:
2 November 2020 to 7 February 2021
The completion of this phase will provide the students with the necessary basis in disciplines such as micro and macroeconomics, mathematics, statistics and excel for a proficient and successful attendance of the face-to-face cycle.
It's a self-study period undertaken with the assistance of a tutor who will be in contact with the students on a daily basis through a dedicated forum, where discussions will take place.
The training material will include selected chapters from key textbooks in addition to exercises, which will be posted on the website participants' area. Moreover, on-line exams will have to be taken during this phase.
8 February to 23 April 2021
Lectures are entirely held in English and delivered on the Campus of the International Training Centre of the ILO.
Class attendance is compulsory, from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 3 pm.
The training methodology balances classes by experienced academics and sessions by professionals who focus on practical and policy applications of the various topics.
Since the programme is very intensive, students must be strongly motivated ad fully committed.
Students will pass to the third cycle (preparation of a final thesis) upon successful completion of all the exams scheduled during the face-to-face component.
24 April to 1 November 2021
After completing the residential phase in Turin, each student will be required to prepare a Master’s dissertation with the help and supervision of a faculty member or of a representative from the institutions involved in the master.
Essential requirements for admission are:
IMPORTANT: The validity of non-Italian degrees must be recognized under Italian law and regulations.
If you hold an academic qualification awarded outside Italy, you must provide the course secretary of each Master with the following documentation:
You should go, with these two documents, to the Italian Embassy of the country in which your university diploma was awarded to request the following documentation:
Please note that these documents may be submitted by email, telephone, and/or mail. You will not need to go to the embassy in person.
These documents are compulsory for matriculation in the University of Turin. However, obtaining them is a lengthy process. Once you receive your acceptance letter, you should start the process immediately.
You will be requested to bring these three original documents to Turin. Without them, you may not receive your final diploma from the University of Turin.
Tuition fees: Euro 8,500, including
Board, lodging, travel expenses, transports and personal expenses for the period in Turin are not included in the tuition fees.
Interested candidates should submit the application form available on the website along with the requested documents, no later than 20 June 2020.
Only complete applications will be considered during the candidate selection process.
IMPORTANT: Late applications will be considered as long as candidates provide a Statement of Comparability, which is compulsory for late admission to the master.
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The cost of accommodation at the ITCILO campus during the 11 weeks residential phase – if desired by the individual student – is Euro 4,235. This includes:
Meals are excluded and must be paid directly by participants in accordance with consumption.
Participants may seek off-campus accommodation like private apartments, which may be less costly.
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A limited number of partial fellowships might be available in order to facilitate the participation of deserving candidates from developing countries who are unable to meet the full tuition fees.
Once a participant has been accepted to a Master and chooses to enrol, they receive an official confirmation, guidelines, and an invoice issued by the Centre's financial services.
Payment is required from sponsoring institution(s) and self-paying participants to secure a participant's place in a Master (for the distance learning phase) and for the timely issuance of necessary visas (for the face-to-face learning phase).
The amounts due are payable in full. All related bank charges—bank of origin, correspondent bank, and recipient bank—should be borne entirely by the payer.
The payment schedule is as follows. However, the exact deadlines by which the payments should be made will be detailed in the admission letter:
Cancellation of participation in Master's courses will result in the following penalties:
Refunds, where and as applicable, will be processed with all bank charges—bank of origin, correspondent bank, and recipient bank—to be borne by the participant or the sponsoring institution(s).
The faculty of the Master’s programme is selected for its professional experience and subject knowledge. It consists of academic resource persons and policy experts, coming from the University of Turin, ILO, Polytechnic of Turin, IRD/DIAL, Université libre de Bruxelles, SANEM and other leading academic institutions. Specialist tutors will support and interact with the participants throughout the programme.
Applying in MALED was one of the best decisions of my life insofar.
Being a MALED student was a wonderful and really intense adventure! The lecturers we had were all experts in their respective fields and took very seriously the objective of delivering a strong learning experience.
An excellent course for both those who have or do not have previous exposure to Labour Economics.
Prince Asafu-Adjaye, Private Returns on Education in Ghana: Estimating the Effects of Education on Employability in Ghana, Ghana, 2010/2011. This article, drawn from Mr. Asafu-Adjaye's thesis, was published on the AFRICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, Volume 16, n°1, 2012.
Erandika L. K. Dissanayake, Determinants of unemployment among Sri Lankan university graduates: an econometric analysis, Sri Lanka, 2010/2011
Gonzalo Duran, Collective bargaining structure and the incidence on income distribution: some insights to the Chilean case, Chile, 2010/2011
Olivier Habimana, Gender differences in time allocation: evidence from Rwanda, Rwanda, 2010/2011
Carmen Rosa Y. Marull Maita, Gender inequalities in time use in Peru: the determination of market oriented work supply and non-market work supply, Peru, 2010/2011
Sidy Boly, Chômage et sous-emploi des jeunes au Mali, Mali, 2011/2012
Carine Nzeuyang, Is there evidence of discrimination in urban labour market in Cameroon?, Cameroon, 2011/2012
Milena Pacchiotti, Gender (in)equality in the Tanzanian labour market: showing the gap between the legal framework and the evidence provided by labour statistics, Italy, 2011/2012
You should attach the documents requested in the Supporting Documents section of the on-line application form. Official documents should be scanned and uploaded. The compulsory documents include a copy of:
Important: The application form will be considered only if supported by the above listed documents.
Applicants interested in participating in this programme should complete and submit the application form by 20 June 2020.
The selection criteria take into consideration candidates' education and professional profile as well as their self-financial potential.
Regardless of the results, all applicants will be notified by email as soon as the selection process is finalised.
Recognition of foreign degrees
In accordance with the Italian law, if you hold a Bachelor's degree awarded outside Italy, the recognition of such degree is compulsory for the enrollment at any Italian University.
The recognition is obtained through the Declaration of Value, a letter of academic eligibility and suitability issued by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the Bachelor's degree was awarded.
The Declaration of Value certifies that a foreign title of study, issued in a certain country, is legal according to the Italian legislation.
In order to obtain the recognition of your Bachelor's Degree, you need to provide us with the following documents:
IMPORTANT: The presentation of the above-listed documents is compulsory for the enrolment at the University of Turin and, therefore, for the award of the final diploma. Please do not produce or send any other documents than the ones that are strictly requested. They will not be of any value for the enrolment at the University of Turin. Obtaining them is a lengthy process: we invite interested candidates to get informed at their earliest convenience.
First Level Master
MALED is delivered as a First Level Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development by the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Torino, according to the so-called Bologna Process, which created the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) by making academic degree standards and quality assurance standards more comparable and compatible throughout Europe (for more information, click here). Therefore, the Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development carries 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), equivalent to the workload of the full-time student during one academic year.
The Master's diploma is awarded upon successful passing of all the exams, thesis submission and after having fulfilled all the conditions required.
IMPORTANT: A First Level Master does not give access to PhD programmes. Admission requirements to PhD programmes vary from country to country, as these depend on the university system of the country where the PhD programme is held. For more information on the minimum requisites required, please directly contact the university offering the PhD programme you are interested in. As a general rule, for instance, a three-year bachelor's degree plus a first level master awarded in Italy are not considered sufficient for doctoral studies at the University of Turin: both a bachelor’s and a second level master are usually required.
You should directly contact the Italian Embassy/Consulate of your country, which will provide you with the necessary information on how to obtain its local recognition.
Accommodation fees cover bed and breakfast in single room on campus and laundry.
Lodging on campus is not compulsory. If you plan to leave off campus, you are responsible for searching for and book your own accommodation.
If you do not manage to secure long-term accommodation for the duration of the face-to-face component, we strongly recommend you should arrange for temporary or short-term accommodation before leaving your home country.
According to ITCILO rules, accommodation is covered from the day before the beginning of the course (from Sunday) and to the day after the end of the course (to Saturday).
Any exception to the rule above should be approved by the Programme Manager.
The cost of accommodation on Campus is € 85 per night (bed and breakfast).