Master's degree in regional and local economic development


Program Description

The Professional Master's Course in Regional and Local Economic Development is governed by Law n.27 / 2009 of 29 September, on higher education, published in the Boletim da República I Série, Number 38, by the Statutes of the Catholic University of Mozambique and by the Regulation in force in the Faculty of Management of Tourism and Informatics.

Mozambique is a Country under construction with numerous opportunities, but also with many problems and challenges. The regional economy in the globalized world needs specialists who know how to apply the principles of a truly human development, to combat poverty and improve the living conditions of local populations and communities throughout Mozambique. To respond to the need for creative, innovative and competitive professionals that the sector is demanding, the Faculty of Management of Tourism and Informatics is proud to present this master's degree.

We intend to offer an integral training, of quality, in the level of exigency, reflection and research, own of a course of masters. We aim to train highly qualified professionals in the field of Economic Analysis and Planning for development, professionals capable of making decisions and solving practical problems successfully, for a harmonious and sustainable economic and social development.

The emphasis this Masters gives to the political and development management component will broaden the vision of our masters and provide them with new job opportunities in related professional areas.


The Master in Regional and Local Economic Development is a professional capable of promoting economic and social development at regional and local level. He knows the techniques and knows how to apply the appropriate methods to the conception of strategies that solve concrete and practical problems of the communities. The graduate is qualified to work in governmental and non-governmental institutions, linked to development, being able to analyze the local socio-economic reality, taking into account the theoretical basis available.

The Master in Regional and Local Economic Development will be able to respond to community problems in a dynamic and creative way. Based on local potential, it attracts national and international partners and investors. Knowing the aspects involved in socio-economic development, he is able to develop intensive research to elaborate innovative planning, seeking solutions to the challenges that poverty and development present, improving the quality of life of communities.

Thanks to personalized and innovative training, the Master in Regional and Local Economic Development acquires specific leadership, communication and management skills and the personal and professional development necessary to occupy a position of responsibility in the country's development, in particular from a socio- economic development.

The target audience of the Master in Regional and Local Economic Development are licensed professionals in various areas who wish to dedicate themselves to working in the socio-economic development of the country, in the fight against poverty and in the just human and social promotion.


The Master in Regional and Local Economic Development is able to work as an expert in the public sector, as well as in the private sector, with competence in:

  • Know the SADC regional economy, the main issues related to environmental economics and the main current economic problems, and have the tools to respond to current challenges.
  • To know the main methodologies of research and to know how to develop research projects to intervene in the local economic development.
  • Know the transformations produced by development at international and local level and be able to analyze potential future transformations in the Mozambican context.
  • To know the functioning of public and private organizations and institutions working with cooperation and development, as well as the sociology of local power.
  • To know the local markets of employment, and the mechanisms of dynamization of these markets.
  • To know the statistical methods of economic study, as well as the methods of analysis of regional and local economic indicators.
  • To know the main models and theories of socio-economic development.
  • Know the principles of international trade.
  • Know the micro and macro-economic principles for development.
  • To know the principles that the social doctrine of the Church proposes for a more just and humane development.
  • Know how to design and propose development policies that are part of regional development projects.
  • Know how to plan and propose strategies for socio-economic development in the districts, to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of communities, based on the potential presented by it.
  • Be able to effectively communicate with different types of interlocutors in different situations, and work as a team, developing the potential of the group.
  • Be able to make a diagnosis of the main problems associated with development and apply the appropriate principles for socio-economic progress.
  • Be able to mediate between the different development actors, operating locally (natural persons and local communities, public and private actors, local and international actors), and interact with local and international partners for the socio-economic development of communities.
  • To have an ethical social view, respectful of the environment and the local community, and have a sensitivity capable of integrating these topics into a planning and development policy that unites the interests of economic development and the real benefits intended for communities, promotion of a truly human development.

Professional Exits

The professional trained in this master's degree may work, among other possibilities, such as:

  • Consultant for private companies.
  • Trainer of professionals in the various areas related to socio-economic development.
  • Public manager at various levels, mainly in the municipality and district governments.
  • Officer, project manager and consultant for NGOs and for national and international public and private organizations, including economic development organizations and local development agencies, as well as cooperation agencies that promote development and fight against poverty.
  • Researcher for regional and local development studies centers.

Curricular plan

To complete the Master's degree in Regional and Local Economic Development, each student must accumulate 90 academic credits, of which 60 credits refer to the curricular subjects and the remaining 30 to the elaboration of the end-of-course work (dissertation). Anyone who does not complete the dissertation will be entitled to a postgraduate diploma.

Last updated Nov 2017

About the School

A Universidade Católica de Moçambique, em sintonia com estas palavras da Constituição Apostólica EX CORDE ECCLESIAE do Sumo Pontífice JOÃO PAULO II sobre as Universidades Católicas, fundamenta a sua e ... Read More

A Universidade Católica de Moçambique, em sintonia com estas palavras da Constituição Apostólica EX CORDE ECCLESIAE do Sumo Pontífice JOÃO PAULO II sobre as Universidades Católicas, fundamenta a sua existência nos sentidos de Verdade e de Serviço e busca de forma permanente a unidade na variedade do conhecimento humano. Read less