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Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Course Description

This Programme offered in partnership with


aims to impart the necessary competencies and skills in the conservation and promotion of World Heritage Sites and 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. It explores the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the categories of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It also emphasis strategic management competencies for the preservation and promotion of these sites as well as monitoring the efficacy and adequacy of site management plans and associated cultural projects.

The Master has a strong international faculty including Professor Walter Santagata from University of Turin, Professor David Throsby from Macquarie University, Professor Allen Scott from UCLA, Professor Andy Pratt from Kings College, Professor
Françoise Benhamou from University Paris III, Professor Xavier Greffe from University Paris I-Sorbonne, and Professor Helmut Anheier from Heidelberg University. Officials from UNESCO, the World Bank and the ILO also teach on the Master.


The Master is divided into three major learning cycles. The first cycle consists of distance learning modules supported by a tutoring service. The second cycle is a face-to-face learning period that will be held in Turin, Italy, at the International Training Centre of the ILO. The third cycle is a research and study period during which the students may attend internships and are expected to finalize their final projects.

MODULE 1- Distance learning.

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.

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 micro fi nance;
• Gender-related economics; International organizations and cultural projects;
• Culture and natural resources as a strategic engines for local development.

MODULE 3 - Project Management in the Cultural Field

This module is intended to upgrade participants’ competences in the disciplines of project cycle design and management. . 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 procurement guidelines and project supervision 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.
Particular attention will be devoted to the role of International Agencies that deal with cultural programmes including the presentation of the relevant UNESCO Conventions

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 Assessment and Monitoring.

MODULE 6 – Home research and study

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

Deadline for Application: 18 August 2015

Visit the Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development page on the Turin School of Development website for more details!

(Student Profile)


The experience in Turin enabled me to analyse how to increase the impact of my heritage site project on the local community, creating business and employment opportunities

(Student Profile)


This master gave me tools, technical knowledge and the opportunity to meet well known specialist. It will definitely help me to manage my cultural project towards an economical sustainable activity

(Student Profile)


After having attended the Master: “World Heritage at Work”, I reaffirmed that working in favour of the protection of World Heritage Sites can be a vehicle to promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The master gave me elements to strengthen capacity building and communication skills to local stakeholders as active decision makers and contribute to reinforce Unesco´s 5c´s strategic objectives: conservation, capacity building, communication, credibility and community involvement


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



Scholarships - 10 Awards

A range of partial scholarships will be available for eligible applicants. Partial tuition scholarships will be offered in the following categories: 25%, 50%, 75% and, exceptionally, 85%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 85% of Tuition fee


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.

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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