Structure and Organization
The Masters Degree program lasts 12 months, beginning in September of each year and accounting for a total of 1500 hours and 60 ECTS. The programme consists of a theoretic part lasting 9 months and comprising approximately 400 hours of classes, usually from September/October to July, and held in Rome. After the coursework in Rome, all students must undertake an internship or a dissertation over a period of 3 months. All the activities are in English.
The course will consist of the following:
1. Background courses. Students without a background in statistics, economics and maths will attend a series of free courses prior to the start of the Masters lectures. The background classes will be held for the full month of September. Classes will be held in room 15 (first floor), every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning.
2. Lectures. The lecturing staff is selected from the University of Roma Tre, other Italian and foreign Universities, from FAO, IFAD, WFP, ILC and other international organizations, NGOs, research institutes and national organizations (please visit the section “Teaching Staff”). The material leans heavily on the use of case studies and other practical modules, including the use of computer software for data analysis. The lectures are organized in five Modules, starting from October until July of the year after (exams included) :
Also for the Modules of the MasterHDFS, classes will be held in room 15 (first floor), every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning.
3. Workshops, seminars and conferences. Several conferences and seminars will take place during the course of the Masters on themes complementary to the lecture cycle, where leading experts from international organisations, universities and NGO’s will be involved (please visit the section “Events”).
4. Internship, Dissertation or fieldwork. Students can choose to go to the field or to undertake an internship at the headquarters of NGOs, International organizations and Governmental Institutions, thus having the great opportunity of earning first hand experience by working side by side with professionals of the development field. Alternatively, students may choose to research and write a dissertation specifically related to the content of the master programme.
Lectures will be held within the Roma Tre University, Department of Economics, Via Silvio D’Amico 77 – 00145 Rome. Classes and seminars are generally organised in Room 15 – first floor of the Department.
The Master is open to a maximum of 40 graduates students holding at least a Bachelors degree of three years.
An examination is held at the end of each of the five modules. The exam format is either a written test, a coursework essay, an oral presentation or a set of practical exercises.
An excellent English knowledge is required since all the Master activities are held in that language.
Generally the lectures are held each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 16.00 to 20.00 and each Saturday from 09.00 to 13.00. The Masters steering committee retains the right to modify the lecture timetable for organisational and academic purposes. Conferences and seminars will take place in days other than those set out for lectures.
Attendance to the 400 hours of lectures is compulsory. A maximum of 20% of absences will be tolerated. If at the end of the course the absences are more than 20% of the total, the Masters degree will not be awarded.
Upon presentation and discussion of the dissertation, field research or the internship reports, students who have successfully completed all the requirements are awarded the Master Degree in “Human Development and Food Security”.