Migrazione e Sviluppo - Migration and Development - MASTER I LIVELLO - ENG


A student experience

Alberto Di Maio, student on the Master’s Degree Academic Year 2016/17

“Human migration can be traced backward in time. This course reminded us that migration is a natural phenomenon and how it turns into a positive experience for all, migrants and non-migrants”.

“Migration and Development” is a first level master’s degree run by the Economics and Social Science Department (DiSSE) of Sapienza, University of Rome.  

The Director of the Master Programme is Pierluigi Montalbano, professor of International Economic Policy and Development at DiSSE and Associate Faculty at Department of Economics, University of Sussex.

The course enables attendees to meet the most innovative demands of the labour market in its different branches, which are requiring skilled people trained in migratory phenomena and their links with sustainable development more and more often.

The added value of our course lies in offering a full and varied training programme along an interdisciplinary route, favouring a global approach that goes beyond the classic themes of cultural and linguistic mediation. Knowledge of the migration phenomenon will thus be enhanced by studying and analysing problems also related to the development of human, social and economic issues settled both in countries of origin and host countries. This interdisciplinary approach is developed by the direct involvement of professors and experts in anthropology, law, economics, political sciences, health and sociology who provide a theoretical and practical approach that allows attendees to acquire essential skills in understanding and managing together with the regulation of migratory flows from the point of view of both human and sustainable development.

The “Migration and Development” master’s degree is addressed to people interested both in being professional in inclusion policies and safeguarding human and migrants’ dignity; it is also addressed to those who want to improve their skills in the implementation of economic and social policies in public and private entities, at a national and international level. The master’s degree is intended to train professional figures for a career within the increasing number of organisations concerned with migration issues and for highly skilled activities which deal with cooperation for social and human development, volunteer associations and the third sector in national and international organisations (even non-governmental). The course is also designed for those who wish to pursue careers (as counsellors or highly specialised figures) in a wide range of professional fields dealing with educational institutions and social, cultural, economic, sanitary and legal cooperation.


The master’s degree relies on innovative partnerships forged by Sapienza with national organisations, think tanks, study and research centres, non-profit organisations, several agencies and NGOs. These will offer attendees an overall picture of the most relevant issues, directly involving them in the matter through practical experiences in the field. The combination of theoretical notions and field work makes this course different from other academic alternatives. Thanks to a partnership with FAO (Sapienza signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FAO in 2016), special attention will be devoted to the role played by vulnerability, resilience and rural development in the origin of migratory-flow countries, to the main themes and causes of long-term crisis: conflicts, misrule, environment, natural resources as well as actions and political strategies set out both at a local and global territorial level.


The Faculty of the “Migration and Development” master’s programme gathers a composite team of professors from Sapienza, University of Rome with multidisciplinary skills: Anthropology, Law, Epidemiology, Economics, Health, Political Sciences, Sociology, International Relations and Statistics: 


Courses are taught in English. The Master’s programme consists of a set of traditional lectures combined with the direct involvement of students who take part in debates, seminars and workshops. It also provides for an internship at our partner institutions.

Total course hours amount to 1.500, distributed as follows: 300 hours of traditional lectures (organised in 5 different modules, including one job-oriented), 600 hours devoted to internship activities and 250 hours to be spent on individual research, including the writing of the final dissertation.


The Master’s degree is organised in 5 different modules. The contents of each module are shown below:

1. Statistical and Economic Module
Module Coordinator: Professor Pierluigi Montalbano

  • Globalisation and migratory flows
  • Statistical sources and methodology for data collection
  • Main techniques of data organisation and models of empirical testing
  • Socio-economic determinants of migration
  • Migration, farming, rural development and food safety (in collaboration with FAO)
  • Migration, vulnerability and resilience: the impact of long-term crisis (in collaboration with FAO).
  • Migration’s impact on countries of origin  
  • Migration’s impact on countries of destination  
  • Migration’s impact on labour market
  • Migration’s impact on public finance 

2. Socio-Anthropological Module
Module Coordinator: Professor Emanuela Claudia Del Re

  • Anthropology of migrations
  • Socio-demographic analysis of migratory flows
  • Cultural processes and integration
  • Psychology of migratory phenomena
  • Immigration, crime and social control
  • Immigration and labour market
  • Land and minorities

3. Legal Module
Module Coordinator: Professor Mario Carta

  • Inter/supranational law and immigration
  • Global Governance and UN Global Compact
  • Citizenship and immigration
  • Cultural identities and immigration
  • Safety and immigration
  • Social integration and immigration

4. Healthcare and social Module
Module Coordinator: Professor Maurizio Marceca

  • Health according to a bio-psycho-social paradigm
  • Immigration dynamics and their impact on health
  • Analysis and interpretation of health and illness processes
  • Migrants’ health at its current high-risk

5. Job-oriented Module
Module Coordinator: Professor Umberto Triulzi
This module aims at training 5 qualified professional figures:

  • Legal expert
  • Economic and financial expert
  • Development aid expert
  • Expert in healthcare and social field
  • Research and development expert

Special Modules:

  • What are the challenges of migrations? Events with experts from FAO and United Nations.
  • Project cycle Management
  • EuroPlanning: guidelines. How to write a successful European project proposal.
  • Monitoring and Impact evaluation


Announcement of selection is generally published in the month of December. Applicants are invited to regularly check the web page of the Master Sapienza office https://www.uniroma1.it/it/offerta-formativa/master/2019/migrazione-e-sviluppo-migration-and-developmentt The course fees for the academic year 2018-19 amount to € 3.000; students also have the opportunity to pay their tuition fees in two or more instalments.

The selection of applicants generally takes place in January. The Master’s degree lasts one year. Courses are taught from February to July, whereas from September to November students will be involved in internships. The final dissertation must be delivered by the month of December.


The teaching team involved in the “Migration and Development” Master’s degree is made up of professors, researchers and experts in the 5 modules articulated above.
The 2016/17 edition of the Master’s degree was taught by the following experts:


  • AHMED Nosiba Hider Siddig (2014/15), Dissertation title: The Cultural integration of immigrants in Italy
  • BADELLA Mariangela (2014/15), Titolo della Tesi: I richiedenti asilo tra direttive europee e prassi L'accoglienza nel progetto Mare Nostrum a Modena (Dissertation title: Asylum seekers within European norms and procedures. “Mare Nostrum” project reception in Modena).  
  • BATTAFARANO Claudia (2016/17)
  • BERETTA Lucia (2014/15) Protezione internazionale e tratta di esseri umani: quale accoglienza? (Dissertation title: International protection and trafficking in human beings: what is their reception?)
  • BUFO Aurora (2013/14)
  • CORTONESI Loretta (2013/14)
  • DI MAIO Alberto (2016/17)
  • FILIPPETTI Elisa (2013/14)
  • IULIANO Giulia (2016/17)
  • MARTUFI Luca (2013/14)
  • MASSIMI Maria Adelaide (2013/14)
  • NOVAKOVIC Mirjana (2014/15) Titolo della Tesi: Il fenomeno dei richiedenti asilo: i rom serbi dopo la liberalizzazione dei visti “Schengen” (Dissertation title: Asylum seeker phenomenon: Serbian roma after the “Schengen” visa liberalisation).
  • RAPISARDA Elisa (2013/14)
  • RINALDI Sara (2014/15), Titolo della Tesi: Il sistema di riconoscimento e valorizzazione delle qualifiche e delle competenze dei migranti in Germania (Dissertation title: Identification and valorisation system regarding qualifications and skills of migrants in Germany)
  • SCARANO Teresa (2014/15) Titolo della Tesi: La gestione emergenziale dell’accoglienza in Italia. (Dissertation title: Emergency management of the matter of hosting in Italy)
  • TUZI Irene (2014/15), Titolo della Tesi: Migrazioni nel Mediterraneo: quattro percorsi di donne a confronto (Dissertation title: Migrations in the Mediterranean: comparing four women’s different paths).
  • VANZILLOTTA Claudia (2016/17)
  • ZADDACH Irene Marina (2016/17)


To be updated soon


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