Official Qualification granted by the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), in collaboration with the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset .

Director: Dr. José Ángel Sotillo Lorenzo.

Co-Director: Rocío López Ruiz.

Title: Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Management of Public Policies, Development Programs and Projects
Credits: 60 ECTS
Price: 6,600 euros (fees, 50 euros approximately)
Area: International Cooperation and Project Management
Duration: October - June
Start date: October 14
Face-to-face modality
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Aimed at training expert managers in international cooperation who are capable of designing public policies, programs and development projects. The Master allows you to know:

  • Principles, functioning and logic of the international aid system, its agents, policies and instruments;
  • Identification, formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of the development actions carried out with international cooperation resources. This training is offered both for the formulation of projects carried out by the agencies and cooperation agencies, applying the Logical Framework Approach and the Human Rights Based Approach (EBDH); as for the programs and public policies executed by governments that receive resources for this.

This Master has been verified by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Quality and Accreditation (ANECA), attached to the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The credits completed in the Master are automatically recognized for access to doctoral studies at any University of the European Higher Education Area.

It allows preferential access to the Doctorate in Economy and Government.


The Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Management of Public Policies, Programs and Development Projects aims to satisfy the demand of technical experts in international cooperation, caused by the existence of a growing number of actors that contribute resources in this field. Even in a recessive context like the present one, the developed countries disburse important resources for Official Development Assistance (ODA), which is channeled through various actors such as multilateral organizations, NGDOs, state, regional and local cooperation agencies. or various ministerial dependencies. On the other hand, a growing number of developing countries are strongly promoting South-South Cooperation policies, this being one of the most transformative events of the current aid system. Among these actors of South-South Cooperation , Latin American countries are playing a crucial role, since they have become international reference in this matter, through the effort of systematizing their practices and re-conceptualizing the cooperation they are carrying out. . Finally, the commitment of different organizations to the implementation of cooperation programs also grows in the business sector, in those countries where they are installed, promoting Corporate Social Responsibility policies that try to align with the development agenda.

The Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Management of Public Policies, Programs and Development Projects responds to this need to train experts capable of carrying out cooperation interventions that offer Development Results and that know how to respond in an effective and innovative way to the demands of the current cooperation system. In this sense, it is necessary to point out that the assumption of international commitments poses important challenges in the design of strategies and the execution of programs that are extensively worked on in the teachings of this Master. We refer to the Millennium Development Goals (2000), and the Paris Declaration for the effectiveness of aid (2005), as well as the emergence of new development approaches such as the one based on Human Rights or the importance they are gaining new management instruments such as budget support.

Since the Busan High Level Forum was held in 2011, the cooperation system has undergone a profound transformation, expanding its field of action to form a Global Alliance for Development that, again, requires a thorough knowledge of the subjects studied. in this program.

The Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Management of Public Policies, Programs and Development Projects pursues 2 objectives:

  • To make known in depth the principles, functioning and logic of the international aid system, its actors, policies and instruments. From this formation, a critical reflection is proposed, and the impulse of interventions that positively affect the eradication of the structures that generate and perpetuate poverty.
  • Train the student in the identification, formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions. In this way, training is assured both in terms of projects carried out by cooperation agencies and agencies, applying the Human Rights-based Approach to the Logical Framework and Approach (HRBA), as well as to the public programs and policies implemented by the governments of developing countries with resources from cooperation.


Fundamentals of the International Cooperation System

Compulsory module. 16 credits

  • The cooperation of Traditional Donors and Non-Donor Countries of the CAD

(6 credits)

  • Conceptualization of Development and its dimensions: economic growth, Democracy, Gender and Human Rights (6 credits)
  • International cooperation instruments (4 credits)

Design and Execution of Public Development Policies

Compulsory module. 14 credits

  • Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Public Development Policies (5 credits)
  • Intergovernmental coordination and management of decentralized cooperation. The formation of public-private Networks (5 credits)
  • Areas of intervention: Social Policy, Institutional Strengthening and Economic Growth (4 credits)

Project management. Logical Framework Approach

Compulsory module. 12 credits

  • Identification and Formulation of Cooperation Projects (6 credits)
  • Techniques for Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects and Cooperation Interventions (6 credits)

Development Cooperation With Latin America

Optional module. 6 credits

  • Development, poverty and inequality in Latin America: political systems and growth models (3 credits)
  • Latin America in the International Cooperation system (3 credits)

International Cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb / Middle East

Optional module. 6 credits

  • Problems of Development and International Cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa (3 credits)
  • Problems of Development and International Cooperation with the Maghreb / ​​Middle East (3 credits)

Professional practices

6 credits

In addition to the Entities that have supported the program with Scholarships, the Program has signed Internship Agreements with numerous organizations dedicated to cooperation that ensure quality training, by allowing students to apply the knowledge acquired during the course and develop their skills and competences as managers of cooperation projects.

A list of the organizations and organizations with which the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset has a collaboration agreement is included below, in which the students of the program will carry out practices that are mandatory:

1. Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action - IECAH

2. Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI)

3. DARA Foundation

4. Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)

5. CHANDRA Foundation




9. Del Valle Foundation


11. Pablo Iglesias Foundation

12. Summa Humanitae Foundation



15. Action against Hunger

16. ACSUR las Segovias


18. Humanism and Democracy



21. Help in Action



24. Caritas

25. Manos Unidas



28. Platform 2015 and More

29. International Rescue Committee


31. International Transparency

32. Entreculturas

33. BDO Audiberia


35. Embassy of Costa Rica

36. Sodepaz

37. Social Promotion of Culture Foundation

38. Doctors Without Borders

39. Concordia 21


41. City of Joy Foundation


43. Mancala Foundation

44. Carolina Foundation


Final Master's Project

Required. 6 credits
Ensures the specialization of the graduate in the area of cooperation and development of their choice.

Development of the program

The Master's Degree lasts one academic year, starting in October 2019 and ending in June 2020. The inauguration of the academic course will take place in October 2019.

To obtain the title of Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Management of Public Policies, Programs and Development Projects by the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset and the Menéndez Pelayo International University, students will have to take 60 ECTS credits, of which 48 they will be obtained by successfully passing the different teaching modules (42 of compulsory subjects and 6 credits of elective subjects); to which are added 6 ECTS corresponding to the obligatory Professional Practices. The remaining 6 credits are acquired with the Master's Final Project.

The modules and subjects have been designed so that the student takes 30 Credits per semester. The first semester concentrates 30 ECTS credits distributed in 6 compulsory subjects on the International Cooperation System (16 ECTS), and on Design and execution of Public Policies of development (14 ECTS). The second semester of 30 ECTS credits combines compulsory subjects (12 ECTS), and optional (6 ECTS), with the completion of Professional Practices (6 ECTS), and Master's Thesis (6 ECTS).

Students who can not take the Master in the annual period in which it is offered, for justified reasons of a personal and / or professional nature, may qualify for part-time studies. In this case, students may formalize their first enrollment in September, taking the 30 credits that are developed during the first semester. The second enrollment will be able to formalize it in September of the following year, to study the remaining 30 credits that are developed during the second semester.

Admission requirements

For access to the Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Management of Public Policies, it is necessary to hold a university degree or degree or other issued by a higher education institution belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

In the case of graduates in educational systems outside the EHEA, they will be admitted without having to approve their qualifications, as long as they accredit a level of training equivalent to the respective official Spanish university degrees, and submit the title issued by their respective countries. access to postgraduate training. This way will not suppose, in no case, the homologation of the title, nor its recognition to other effects that the one of studying the teachings of Máster.

With regard to the area of ​​knowledge of the candidates that aspire to take the Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Public Policy Management, special preference will be given to graduates in the various fields of knowledge related to the discipline under study, but it will be possible to also admit students (graduates or with a degree), trained in other areas of knowledge in the field of Social and Legal Sciences, which must accredit a basic training in subjects related to the Program.

The admission criteria are the following:

  • Academic record (40%)
  • Professional or volunteer experience in the field of cooperation (20%)
  • Linking the candidate with organizations and institutions from which they can apply the practical knowledge acquired in the Master (20%)
  • Additional training (5%)
  • Motivation letter on the reasons for working in the field of cooperation and development (5%)
  • Other languages ​​(5%)
  • Other merits (5%)

The Academic Committee of the Program carries out the examination and evaluation of the pre-registration applications received and approves the proposal of admitted candidates, according to the criteria indicated above.

Together with the accreditation of the aforementioned competencies, the principle of gender equality will be maintained, which will at least comply with the provisions of Organic Law 3/2007, of March 22, for effective equality between men and women; as well as, although not mentioned specifically in the previous relationship, Law 51/2003, of December 2, on equal opportunities, non-discrimination and universal accessibility for people with reduced mobility.

Universal accessibility will be guaranteed and it will be supervised that students with reduced mobility will have the resources and support necessary for the correct development of the Master. You will be asked for your specific needs in the enrollment process.


Pre-registration and admission process

The first regular pre-admission period for the 2019/2020 academic year begins on February 5 and ends on April 15. A second pre-admission period will open from April 30 to July 19. In the event that a vacancy occurs, an extraordinary pre-admission period will be opened from September 1 to September 23.

During the pre-admission process, the student must send the admission request to the address , forwarding the following scanned documentation. Subsequently, you must send the original documents by postal mail to the following address: Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset (c / Fortuny, 53 - 28010-MADRID).

The Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset reserves the right to cancel the Master's edition, if there is not enough students to guarantee the viability of the same.

Admission request

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief explanatory report of the reasons for carrying out the program (20-25 lines)
  • Photocopy of the passport or DNI with the original certificate
  • 2 Passport size photos
  • Legalized photocopy of the Superior Degree of graduate and graduate with the original certification
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Legalized photocopy of the certification of the studies carried out that shows the official duration, in academic years, of the study plan followed, the courses taken and the workload of each of them with the original certification.

In addition, graduates from outside the European Higher Education Area, or without an approved foreign higher education degree, must submit:

  • Certification of the University in which the studies have been completed and in which it is clear that these qualify for access to postgraduate studies in the issuing country. Students with foreign qualifications not approved or in process of approval must present the documents duly legalized and translated into Spanish, if applicable.

The Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset notify the student of the pre-admission, and from that moment on, he will have a period of 10 days to formalize the reservation of the place.

In the case of the extraordinary pre-admission period, the delivery of the documentation described above must be made before September 30.


Excellence Scholarships

The students of Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset enrolled in the official Master's programs may apply for a scholarship from the Institute's Excellence Program. These scholarships will cover 30% of the tuition fee, excluding the fees paid to the University of reference.

Each student wishing to apply for an Excellence Scholarship will have to submit to the Institute's secretariat an application instance stating:

  • Personal information
  • The Master in which he is enrolled
  • The documentation that contributes
  • The scholarships that you have requested or intend to apply for in any public or private call

The scholarship application must be made at the time of registration, no later than September 10, 2019.

The application for the scholarship must be sent to the Institute's secretariat at the same time the payment of the reservation of the place is made.

The criteria for granting the scholarships are: academic record (70%), personal or family situation (10%), residence outside of Madrid in the year prior to enrollment (10%), and personal motivation (10%). Students must submit documentation that certifies each of these criteria and may attach two letters of recommendation from teachers. The Institute may request the selected students to prove the authenticity of the documents submitted with originals or certified copies.

The Academic Commission that grants the scholarships will be integrated by the director of the Institute, the general director of the José Ortega y Gasset - Gregorio Marañón Foundation and two professors of the Institute appointed at the proposal of the director of the Institute and the general director. The directors of each Master will send to the Institute's address, before November 15 of each year, a motivated report, according to the aforementioned criteria, with a scholarship award proposal in which a priority will be established among the students who have requested scholarship in his Master. The Commission, according to the reports received, will raise a scholarship award proposal before December 1 of each year.

The Excellence Scholarships of Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset are incompatible with any other public or private scholarship granted to the student to take the Master in which he has enrolled in the Institute. The scholarship holder is obliged to inform the Institute of any other scholarship granted, within a period of 10 days from its granting. The Institute will claim the student the amount that would have been granted for the Excellence Scholarship of the Institute if this circumstance occurred.

The amount of the scholarship will be applied to the last term of the payment of the tuition. The Institute may request scholarship students to perform extracurricular practices in support of the teaching, research and cultural activities of the institution, which will be recognized by a certificate . These practices do not imply a labor or commercial relationship with the institution or be remunerated.

Scholarships of the Menéndez Pelayo International University

The UIMP makes a call for study grants for university Masters (partial tuition scholarships), in order to promote the participation in their postgraduate studies to enrolled students who present a brilliant academic career. The conditions of the call, terms, requirements, incompatibilities, deadlines and procedures are published each academic year on the UIMP website ( ).
You can access the information through the following link:

Scholarships of the ALUMNI Program

Former students of Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset will be entitled to a 5% discount on any new program they enroll. This discount, which will be considered a scholarship, will be applied to the tuition fee, excluding the fees paid to the University of reference. The discount will be applied in the last installment of the tuition payment.

To apply for this scholarship, the student will have to submit an application to the Institute's secretariat, as well as the documentation that proves that he or she has been a student of the Institute.

In no case, this discount will be applied to second or successive enrollments of subjects that have not been approved or to subjects of the same program that have not been completed in the first year of enrollment.

Discount for prompt payment

Students who formalize the first payment of their enrollment in any official Master of the Institute before May 16, this included, will be entitled to a scholarship of 5% discount of the tuition fee, excluding the fees paid to the University of reference.

The discount will be applied in the last installment of the tuition payment. Students must submit an application to the secretary of the Institute, along with proof of the first payment before May 16.

Fundación Carolina Scholarships

Two scholarships are awarded to Latin American graduates for the completion of the Master's Degree in Applied Political Studies. These aids to the study of the Carolina Foundation and the Ortega y Gasset University Institute, include:

  • 4,000 euros of the registration fee
  • € 750 per month in support for lodging and maintenance, which will be given to the fellow each month,
  • Airline ticket and insurance, to which the scholarship holders must add the rest of the amount to complete the payment of the tuition and fees.


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