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International Master in European Project Planning and Management

Course Description


The objective of the Master is to provide participants with the skills to successfully work in the field of European cooperation, through the use of funding for education, training, culture, research, development and external cooperation made available by the European Commission.

The Master provides participants with the skills to:

- analyse the current European funding opportunities and calls for proposal
- develop effective project ideas
- create transnational project partnerships
- fill in the application form for the submission of European projects
- organize and plan the Financial Aspects of the project
- manage the European project’s activities
- manage relations with the partnership and with the European Commission /Agencies
- reach the project objectives and expected outcomes
- monitor and evaluate the project
- promote the exploitation and sustainability of the project
- carry out an effective project financial management
- organize the project material for external audits


The Master programme is organized in two main modules:

Module 1) European Project Planning
- Analysis of European funding opportunities
- Matching ideas with current funding programmes
- Development of effective project ideas
- Creation of transnational project partnerships
- Filling in the Application Form for the submission of a European Project
- Planning of the project budget
- Project self-assessment
- The project evaluation process

Module 2) European Project Management
- Contractual procedures
- Project Life Cycle and Organization
- The Logical Framework Approach
- Planning of project work
- Management of the project partnership
- Communication and leadership
- Monitoring the project development
- Quality issues and best practice
- Dissemination, exploitation and sustainability
- Creation and delivery of project reports
- Financial management and administrative issues
- Auditing of European projects

The detailed programme is available at: http://europlan.pixel-online.org/files/MST/programme/Master-Programme-2015.pdf


The international Master in European Project Planning and Management has a total duration of 5 months (800 hours) organized as follows:

- 2 months of classroom based training and project work. The classroom based training has a duration of 8 hour a day, from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00. The classroom based course is held in Florence (Italy). The classroom based part of the Master course is held at Pixel, in Florence (Italy).

- 3 months of internship, in public or private organizations. The intern works as an Assistant European project manager. The internship is held in one of the partner organizations based in one of the European Union’s member states.


The approach used is highly practical, based on the expertise of the course trainers who have 15 to 25 years experience in European project planning, management, assessment and auditing.

Practical simulations are carried out for each topic analyzed. The objective of the practical activities is the simulation of the planning and management of European projects. At the end of the Master, every work group will have produced: a European project including the application form, budget, transnational partnership, administrative requirements, supporting documents etc.


The Master offers the participants the opportunity to carry out a three month internship abroad in one of the European Union’s countries. The organizations hosting the students for the internship are all actively involved in European projects. Every student carries out the internship with the role of Assistant European Project Manager. The internship therefore gives the participants the opportunity to immediately put into practice the skills acquired through a direct involvement in the management of European projects.

The list of the organizations willing to host a student of the Master for an internship is available at: http://europlan.pixel-online.org/MST_partners.php


Testimonials that were made by participants in the previous editions of the European Project Planning in service training course are available at: http://europlan.pixel-online.org/MST_testimonials.php


For 6 good reasons:

1) The training content.
The Master provides participants with practical skills to access the funding opportunities made available by the European Commission and to submit quality project applications. The participants will also acquire the skills to successfully organize and manage European projects and to carry out an effective project financial planning and control. More at: http://europlan.pixel-online.org/MST_programme.php

2) The skills, experience and expertise of the international teaching staff.
The trainers represent several European countries and all have 15 to 25 years of experience in planning, managing, assessing and auditing European projects. The trainers involved are: senior European project planners, senior European project managers, senior executives of the former offices of the European Commission, Evaluators for the European Commission, Auditors etc. See their profiles at: http://europlan.pixel-online.org/MST_teachingstaff.php

3) The skills, experience and expertise of the coordinator of the Master.
Pixel, has fifteen years of experience in European project planning and management and is/was directly involved in over 75 European projects funded in the framework of past and current programmes managed by the European Commission. More at: http://europlan.pixel-online.org/MST_promoters.php

4) The practical approach.
Practical simulations are constantly carried out throughout the delivery of the Master course. At the end of the Master course, every participant will have contributed to the writing of a European project and to the development of a European project management strategy.

5) The International Internship.
All participants carry out a three month internship abroad, in one of the European Union’s countries. The organizations hosting the students for the internship are all actively involved in European project planning and management and therefore every student carries out the internship with the role of Assistant European Project Manager. More at: http://europlan.pixel-online.org/MST_internship.php

6) The colleagues attending the Master.
The Master is opened to graduates from all over the world. Therefore each participant works with colleagues from other countries who are likely to become future partners of projects that will be prepared and submitted. More at: http://europlan.pixel-online.org/MST_testimonials.php


For further information and to request the enrolment form, please contact:

Via Luigi Lanzi 12
50134 Firenze
Tel. +39-055-489700
Fax. +39-055-4628873

Further information on the Master is available on line at:


The Registration Form is available at: http://europlan.pixel-online.org/files/MST/Registration_Form.pdf

Visit the International Master in European Project Planning and Management page on the Pixel website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Maria Giovanna R.

4815.jpg The master provide a comprehensive knowledge to build a real expertise in European project management. The trainers are really competent, with several years of experience in the field. The international environment facilitate the social relations. The internship is a great opportunity to put in practice the knowledge acquired as well as an important international experience. After the internship I was offered a job in Italy to work as European project manager.

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Ana M.D.

4816.jpg I was a student of European Project Planning and Management International Master for the academic years 2014-2015. The experience I had during the master course was excellent. I have gained plenty of knowledge and I have established good contacts which I can use in my job in the NGO where I work. A strong point of the learning dimension was the excellent combination of theory with practical exercises in classroom. Also, there was a good balance between the modules implemented and internship in the second phase of the project. I should mentioned as well, that after the Master finished, I have submitted some projects in different programmes and 6 projects were approved. This great scale of success is dedicated partly to the knowledge I received during the Master Course I had in Pixel. Last but not least, I would like to mention our great professional lectures and the staff of Pixel who made this experience an unforgettable one. Thank You and keep doing a great job.
Tirana, Albania, January 2016

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Ana G.

4817.jpg The Master was very interesting and very well organized. The trainers were well prepared and provided excellent feedbacks. Our Master class was great, we were fortunate to have such an excellent group. I believe that this Master is very useful for my professional future. If you are interested in European Project Management this is a great training which provides an in depth overview about all the different program funding opportunities and its management.
Brussels, Belgium, October 2015

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Deniz O.

4818.jpg Very well structured and focused programme. Very useful! I have gained a lot of knowledge. Pixel has a very successful and long experience in European project planning and management. The Master was based on a practical approach and delivered by an international teaching staff, it offered a great opportunity for an international internship and was organised in the fantastic city of Florence. I would highly recommend this Master programme. May 2014

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Margarita K.

4819.jpg The International Master in European Project Planning and Management is one of the best way to obtain an overall view about the European funding programmes and at the same time create contacts for your future projects. The trainers are successful professionals who provided us with important material and gave us helpful advices. The practical activities carried out were really useful as we could practice how to plan and manage a European project. The relation with the other participants coming from different countries was excellent and relevant for the creation of future partnerships. After the internship I received proposals to work with consultancy offices. I am now working as consultant on European funding programmes at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cyprus.
May 2014

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Rossella P.

4820.jpg Attending the Master in European Project Planning and Management gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and deepen my knowledge in the field of European funding opportunities. International professionals held sessions giving us valuable and concrete advices. Each theoretical session was accompanied by interesting practical exercises. The Master organized for me the internship at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. I carried out concrete tasks related to the projects that the University was coordinating and I felt really integrated into the team. It was a very positive experience. I acquired new skills and I met professionals who taught me a lot. I am currently working in Berlin as European project manager in a consultacy firm.
December 2014

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Chiara B.

4821.jpg The master gave me solid theoretical basis and practical skills in EU project management. Through workshops and case studies, the Master also gave me the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with experts in the field and to acquire the skills necessary for the preparation of European projects. The multicultural and interdisciplinary composition of the classroom is also something extremely valuable, as it gave me the opportunity to work in team and establish contact at a truly European level. I am now working at the International Relations Department of the University of Florence. Florence, Italy, June 2014

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André P. H.

4822.jpg Almost a year after the end of the Master I maintain the relationships established between the participants, both on a personal level but also as the beginning of a very interesting and fruitful professional network. The final project work was a very good opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during the classes. In our case we submitted our proposal under an H2020 call with real partners. Also the internship is a plus in this Master because it opens a first door if you plan to enter this field of European project planning and management. I am now working in Pisa, in the same company where I did the internship a few months ago.
Pisa, Italy, December 2015

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Patricia M.

4823.jpg The knowledge gained during the Master have meant an enormous added value for my professional career. Apart from living a pleasant experience in Florence and making friends with whom I still have a great relationship, I obtained a full transversal knowledge regarding project management, its monitoring, planning and evaluation which nowadays I am putting into practice in my job as a project manager. The internship in Conexx-Europe in Brussels has been a great professional and personal experience. The staff of Conexx always encouraged me to develop my project ideas, by motivating me to be proactive. I have learned a lot about different sorts of project, mainly in the area of International Cooperation and Development. After the internship I was offered a job at Conexx-Europe in Brussels where I am currently working. Brussels, Belgium, December 2015

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Adele T.

4824.jpg The European Project Planning and Management International Master, which I have attended in 2014, let me improve my professional skills and develop capacities to find a proper job in the field of European project planning. The knowledge provided by the Master was fundamental to understand European programmes and how to write a call of proposal. The Master gave me the opportunity to be an intern at Evolaris in Austria. During the internship I had the opportunity to practice what I learn during the lessons held in Florence. I worked in an international team, and contributed to the submission of two projects in the framework of the European Programme H2020. At the end of the Master internship, at the beginning of May 2015, I started working in a strategy consulting, called Lynkeus, based in Rome. They offered me a stable position as a project assistant. Currently I am still working at Lynkeus. Rome, Italy, January 2016


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University degree

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