Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Turin School of Development (International Training Centre of the ILO)

Program Description

Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Turin School of Development (International Training Centre of the ILO)

The Master is designed by the University of Torino, the Politecnico di Torino, the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Cultural activities are a major contributor to national development, job creation, and social cohesion. The master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the necessary competencies and skills to participants in the conservation and promotion of World Heritage Sites as well as in the conceptualization of sustainable projects designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, creative industries, museums and tourism.

The close collaboration of senior specialists of the Culture Sector of UNESCO, working in the area of Millennium Development Goals, Historic Urban Landscape, Sustainable Tourism Program, Nominations to the World Heritage List, Management and Periodic Reporting of World Heritage Properties, strengthen the success of the Master.


The Program provides a solid foundation in a variety of cultural economics topics and the value chain of cultural and natural sites. It explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse categories of UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites.

The Program also puts emphasis on strategic management competencies for the preservation and promotion of these sites as well as on monitoring the efficacy and adequacy of site management plans and associated cultural projects.

The Master will take place from October 2018 and is divided into three major learning cycles.

1 - Distance learning

MODULE 1- The introductory distance learning phase of the course lasts 10 weeks and is tutor-assisted. It includes two foundation modules on Cultural Heritage and Economic Development and the World Heritage System and Heritage Management.

2- Face to Face learning

MODULE 2- Culture and Economic Development

This module will introduce the participants to the following topics:

  • The value chain of cultural and natural sites;
  • Cultural capital and the theory of sustainable development;
  • The role of culture in local development;
  • Cultural and natural districts, property rights and sustainable economic development;
  • Governance and cultural policies in cultural/creative industries;
  • Micro enterprises, local entrepreneurship, and microfinance;
  • Gender-related economics; International organizations and cultural projects;
  • Culture and natural resources as strategic engines for local development.

MODULE 3 - Project Management in the Cultural Field
This module is intended to upgrade participants’ competencies in the disciplines of project cycle design and management. All phases of the project cycle will be analyzed ranging from: problem analysis, stakeholder mapping, strategy selection (alternative analysis), project planning (logical framework) and scheduling, and project formulation as well as resource allocation and budgetary management. Monitoring and evaluation of projects and setting of performance indicators will also be covered. Ample opportunity will be given to the participants to practice the development of the project logical framework and project appraisal techniques. The role of international development agencies in promoting cultural initiatives will be explored, including their respective project procedures.

MODULE 4 - Cultural Sectors and Creative Industries

This module investigates the main cultural sectors that come into play in cultural policies, namely:

  • Management of museums;
  • Monuments and archaeological sites;
  • Performing arts;
  • Creative and Cultural industries;
  • Economics of cultural tourism;
  • National Parks and Protected areas.

This module will also introduce students to the significance and variety of WHS, as well as the institutional and regulatory framework that governs their selection and upkeep

Particular attention will be devoted to the role of International Agencies that deal with cultural programs including the presentation of the relevant UNESCO Conventions. It will also include a special focus on Site Management Plans, that play a crucial role in ensuring effective conservation and enhancement, in the framework of the sustainable development of territories.

MODULE 5 - Tools for Strategic Planning and Evaluation

This module explores the tools needed for planning, management, and evaluation of cultural resources, focusing on:
Management Tools.

  • Strategic Management and Marketing of cultural sites;
  • Finance and budgeting;
  • Management of technical resources;
  • Stakeholders analysis and the institutional environment.

Strategic Assessment and Monitoring.

  • Strategic assessment;
  • Evaluation methods and tools
  • Monitoring and indicators systems.

3- Home research and study

Module 6 - This module will allow the students to further elaborate on their projects’ plans and prepare their final dissertation


Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a joint 1st level specialization Master's Diploma from the University of Torino and the Politecnico di Torino.

Fees and Scholarships

The tuition fee is EURO 8500 including:

  • Training facilities
  • Training materials
  • University registration fees
  • Minor medical insurance

Please note that Board and Lodging are not included.

A range of partial scholarships will be available for eligible applicants. Criteria for awarding fellowships include personal financial situation, professional profile, capacity to implement a project and relevance for the course. Preference will be given to applicants for scholarships from low-income countries.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 15, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2018
1 - 1 year
Full time
8,500 EUR
May 30, 2018
Italy - Turin
Start date: Oct. 2018
Application deadline May 30, 2018
End date Oct. 15, 2018
Oct. 2018
Italy - Turin
Application deadline May 30, 2018
End date Oct. 15, 2018
partial scholarships available