Master in International Development and Cooperation


Program Description


The main objective of the Master in International Development and Cooperation is to provide Master's students with additional skills to those acquired in the first cycle, enabling them to be highly employable as managers, senior managers and technicians of public and private companies, organizations linked to international cooperation. The aim is to deepen the economic, political and sociological theories of development and social change, as well as international development cooperation; to know the research methodologies in this area, as well as the complexity of the empirical reality of developing countries; and that master's students have the skills to prepare technical dossiers to inform political decision-making in the area of economic and social development policy, as well as international cooperation.


The Masters Degree in International Development and Cooperation is mainly intended to complete the first cycle training of graduates in economics, management, sociology, international relations, or other areas deemed appropriate to the frequency of the course, preparing students for the exercise of professional functions. related to the problems of international development and cooperation, or teaching and scientific research functions.

Access Skills and Selection Criteria

Applications are considered for holders of higher education, national or foreign, equivalent to the 1st cycle in the areas of economics, management, sociology, international relations and social sciences in general. In accordance with Article 17 (d) of Decree-Law 74/2006 of 24 March, as amended by Decree-Law 107/2008 of 25 June, other applications considered appropriate by the Scientific and Pedagogical Committee are also evaluated. Candidates are judged on the basis of the final grade of the 1st cycle, the curriculum analysis and a possible interview.


The master's degree is organized in four semesters, totaling 120 credits. The first three semesters are fully completed with the curricular component, totaling 78 credits, aiming to provide the student with instrumental, interpersonal and systemic skills related to training in economics and development policy and international cooperation. The fourth and final semester is devoted to the preparation of the final master's work (TFM) - dissertation, project work or internship - totaling 42 credits (of which 12 credits are obtained in the 3rd semester).

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The first school of Economics and Management in Portugal, ISEG belongs to the University of Lisbon, the largest Portuguese University. ISEG Lisbon is internationally recognized and accredited by AACSB ... Read More

The first school of Economics and Management in Portugal, ISEG belongs to the University of Lisbon, the largest Portuguese University. ISEG Lisbon is internationally recognized and accredited by AACSB and AMBA, complying with the best higher education standards. ISEG’s research centers are very well rated by the Portuguese research council (FCT). With an experienced and well prepared faculty, students from more than 70 countries contribute to an ever-increasing international academic environment, and take advantage of the school's excellence and location. ISEG Lisbon has excellent modern premises at the heart of Lisbon, right next to the Parliament and the river Tagus, in a vibrant neighborhood full of social life, business and culture. At ISEG, you will find a culture of excellence and achievement, alongside a climate of inclusiveness and cooperation. This is made by the mutual collaboration of students, faculty and staff. ISEG is a School prepared for the future: with a unique blend of quantitative skills and social contextualization of economic and managerial decisions, ISEG’s faculty, professionals, students and alumni are at the forefront of those who address the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with an entrepreneurial and collaborative mindset. Read less