About the master

The Master is activated approx. every 18 months.

The 2019-2020 was the first edition of the Master Design for Development. You can see past editions booklet here and download it here.

Previously, a post-graduate specialization course has been carried out by the DAStU (Coopera(c)tion: knowledge and skills for sustainable cities in the global South) of which the Master is an advancement, which is documented by the volume Sustainable Urban Development and Globalization. New strategies for new challenges, with a focus on the Global South, edited by A. Petrillo and P. Bellaviti, Springer, 2018 and from the works of the students of the 3 editions published in the annex to the volume (, displayng ISBN 978-3-319-61988-0).


The Master’s admission criteria are the following:

  1. Analysis of the candidate’s curriculum vitae (max 50 points: max 25 for academic qualifications and max 25 for professional expertise);
  2. Motivations expressed during the admission interview (max 50 points);
  3. If two or more candidates have the same score, the youngest candidate will be preferred.

Minimum passing grade for admission: 60/100.

The selection results are usually announced within 20 days from the admission deadline.


For the first edition:

  • four half-tuition scholarships (€ 4,500 each) provided by the Master’s Committee
  • one full-scholarship (€ 9,500) provided by FEEM – Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation

For the second edition:

  • five half-tuition scholarships (€ 3,000 each) provided by the Master’s Committee.

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The scholarships attribution is based on the merit evaluations expressed in the selection phase of the candidates.


The registration fee does not include accommodation in Milan,  information on facilities affiliated with the Politecnico di Milano is available here 

Generally, the Master does not require costs for particular materials. The Politecnico di Milano has several study rooms and libraries accessible with the Politecnico card provided to each student after the enrolment.


The costs of the on the ground Workshop are included in the fee (travel, accommodation, local transport). Meals are not included. Covid-19 swabs costs, if necessary, are not included.

Students will attend the on the ground Workshop in a country in the Global South, if the pandemic and the general situation will allow to travel safely. If not, an equivalent on the ground experience will be held in another country.


The internship is guaranteed to all the students and each student is allowed to decide where to have it. It is mandatory to complete the Master.

Every student can either choose one of the internships offered by the Master’s Partners or propose an internship on his/her own. In this case, the internship proposal must be approved by the Master’s Director.

The costs related to the internship are not included in the fee. However, for some specific destinations the accommodation costs could be guaranteed by the internship host. More information will be provided during the Master.

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