Master in International Cooperation and Development

Master in International Cooperation and Development

2 years

Master in International Cooperation and Development (MICD) is a two-year professional Master’s Program aiming to develop competent human resources with specialized knowledge and effective tools to lead and manage projects in the field of development cooperation. 

This program is designed to equip learners with academic background and necessary practical knowledge including project management skills required by national and international NGOs, UN agencies, public institutions and other development projects. 

In response to the need to train students on international cooperation and development, MICD is designed jointly by Mid-western University (MU) of Nepal and International School of Advanced Studies (ISAS), Kathmandu under academic and technical assistance from University of Pavia in Italy within the framework of global Master in Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) of Pavia. Originally initiated from Pavia in Italy, similar other Master’s programs are being offered in Palestine, Columbia, Kenya and Kathmandu, Nepal.


Becoming an international hub of scholars and professionals engaged in academic excellence and research in the field of development cooperation.


  • Train and equip participants to achieve the highest professional standards to manage and lead development projects effectively.

  • Impart students with academic and practical knowledge and required skill to interpret multi-dimensional issues of development interventions, approaches and modalities.

  • Prepare skilled professionals in international cooperation and development field required in public institutions, non-governmental organizations and other development projects.


Salient Features

  • Inter-disciplinary studies 
  • In-depth analysis of policies and practices
  • Mentored by renowned academicians and experts 
  • Professional insight into development interventions 
  • Participatory teaching and learning approach 
  • Internship placement and research 
  • Global network and exchange 
  • Career prospects in the development sectors (UN, INGO, NGO and other Projects)


MICD is open to all interested applicants having minimum of Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited University. Good command over English language and basic computer skills are essential. 

It is relevant for persons aspiring for professional career in public sector; national and international agencies; development projects; university and colleges; research institutes; private sectors at national and international levels. Call for admission is open on yearly basis and around 35 students are expected to be enrolled into the program. There is no age limit for applying.

Curricular Structure

Through a multidisciplinary approach, the Master’s Program aims to familiarize students with various disciplines and development experiences. Spread over two years, the Program is structured into main courses covering Development Studies, Development Economics, International Studies, Contemporary Studies, Management Studies including results based Project Cycle Management including Internship and Thesis writing. MICD is organized in 4 semesters: while the first three semesters are dedicated in frontal classes, lecturers and classroom teaching learning activities; the fourth semester is dedicated for acquiring practical knowledge and exposure through internship placement in different agencies and thesis writing on development issues.

The Master’s Program awards 120 Credit Hours, equivalent to 1200 marks, and covers 1200 learning hours. Each course is divided into a series of modules under different subjects. MICD classes are conducted in part-time mode, intended to allow full-time working students to continue their work without interruption. Lectures are delivered five days in a week, from Monday to Friday, in the morning from 6.30am to 9.30am. MICD classes are delivered in English by international and Nepali academicians, experts and practitioners experienced in cooperation and development sector.