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Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development

Course Description

This Programme intends to enable participants to cope with the challenges of regulating, executing and monitoring public procurement in an economically and socially responsible manner. It is unique in its comprehensive coverage of the four pillars of effective national public procurement systems as defined by the OECD. New topics in public procurement are also explored. Emphasis is placed on practical work and case studies dealing with typical problems in the management of the tendering and contract execution phases. It imparts the necessary soft skills in contract negotiations and conflict resolution while stressing the importance of professional and ethical behaviour.


Distance Learning

During the distance learning period, you will have to study three Modules on the core subjects of the course: law, economics and procurement management. This will make sure that the group meeting in Turin knows the fundamental principles and key steps of the procurement cycle.
The three Distance Learning (DL) Modules are:

Module 1: Introduction to the legal framework for public procurement
Module 2: Introduction to economics for procurement management
Module 3: Introduction to procurement management

During your the four months of distance learning, you will have access to an on-line platform, through which you will learn as an individual as well as in a collective way, while receiving support from tutors with expertise in the subject matter, participating in the forum, using the documentation centre and networking.

Face to Face

The second part consists of face-to-face learning: lessons will be held in Turin at the ITC-ILO campus. Attendance of classes is compulsory. This is the core period of instruction, incorporating application work and group/individual solutions of assignments.

During this part participants will study 22 compulsory “core themes” covering the expanded contents of the Three Learning disciplines of the Master as follows:

1. International Legal instruments governing PP (WTO, EU, UNCITRAL, WB, COMESA)

2. Institutional models for PP and integration with Public Expenditure Management

3. Economics of Procurement Management, game theory and reverse auctions

4. Companies’ Balance Sheet analysis and financial reporting standards 5. Procurement Process, Project cycle and risk management

6. Procurement methods

7. Intellectual Property issues related to Public Procurement

8. Public Procurement in the Health sector

9. Procurement Management of Supply Contracts

10. Procurement of Physical Services

11. Works Procurement Management

12. Procurement of Consultancy services

13. Procurement in the Utilities sector and Defence Procurement

14. Procurement remedies (bidders’complaints procedures)

15. Contract Law and Dispute settlement

16. Supply Chain Management: Logistics, Insurance Policies and Incoterms Legal framework and Economics of Public Private Partnerships

17. Legal framework and Economics of Public Private Partnerships

18. Sustainable procurement: social, economic and environmental considerations in public procurement

19. Advanced Contract Management

20. Fraud and Corruption in Public Procurement

21. Procurement Audit

22. E-Procurement (Legal issues and implementation models)

Final Dissertation

To complete the degree, you will have to carry out an individual research work on a procurement topic of your choice, under the guidance of a supervisor, and submit it in the form of a final dissertation.

Deadline for Application: 30 September 2015

Visit the Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development page on the Turin School of Development website for more details!

(Student Profile)


I joined the MSc in order to gain additional knowledge of modern public procurement management. My objectives have been achieved. Additionally I am now hired as a Senior Procurement Specialist at the Inter American Development Bank. This position was offered to me, to a good extent, thanks to the cutting-edge knowledge that I have acquired in this Master’s program.


Scholarships - 20+ Awards

A number of sponsors have earmarked a limited amount of financial assistance to facilitate the participation of deserving candidates who are unable to meet the full tuition plus accommodation costs.Unfortunately there are no full scholarships on offer for any of the master programmes. You are therefore expected to finance your participation as far as possible. The admission criteria take into consideration your self-financing potential as well as your education and professional profile. In your application form, you are kindly requested to indicate the portion of the tuition fee and full board that you are able to finance.

Value of Scholarship(s)



A pool of donors awards partial scholarships to selected candidates from developing countries, to cover part of the cost of their enrolment for a Turin School of Developemnt course

Application Procedure

Participants who have financial constraints in covering the full participation cost are requested to indicate in the application form, the amount they are able to pay from own resources and submit a written request for the scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a first level university degree (BA) and be fluent in the english language (you may be required to provide evidence of English language ability).

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