The Master consists in a classroom period in Rome, between March and July, preceded and followed by two Distance Learning modules. After getting back home, students will return to their own (or to another) organization for the traineeship period, to be held almost between August and January. Students will be also required to submit a dissertation concerning a case study on a procurement topic to be defended at the end of February of the next year.


Distance Learning: Preparatory Module

Before their arrival in Rome materials reviewing the fundamental concepts on the core subjects of the course which include law, economics and procurement management will be available on the e-learning platform of the program.

Modular training

The programme consists of 13 modules where the classroom lectures held in Rome between the end of February 2018, and the first week of July 2018. Each module lasts approximately one week. The modules are based on a traditional learning approach and are followed by graded exams. Classroom lectures requires fulltime attendance. Failure to attend will motivate outright suspension from the Programme.

Modules List:

1.       Negotiation and Team Building

2.       Economics of Procurement

3.       Legal Background

4.       Economic Analysis of the Market

5.       Planning and Management of Procurement Operations

6.       Quality Management and Green Procurement

7.       Purchasing Organization and Strategy

8.       Integrity and Anticorruption in Public Procurement

9.       Contract Complaints and Disputes

10.     Emerging Issues in procurement

11.     Law and Economics of Public and Private Partnership

12.     E-procurement  

13.     IFI's Procurement Procedures


During the classroom lectures period in Rome, exams will be organised in 2 sessions: one at the end of the Module 6 and one at the end of the last module. Students will have a one-week break for exams preparation before each exams session.

Distance Learning: Final Module

At the end of the in-class period students go back to their home countries and are required to participate in the final distance learning module that lasts around 2 months. Students will have access to the master program dedicated on-line platform, and will attend individual as well as collective learning activities, supported by expert tutors. 


Traineeship period

After the in-class period, students will be required to be involved in a traineeship period within their own or another organisation. The traineeship period must be at least of 500 hours and it usually takes place during the August – January period (depending on the starting date). The traineeship period will be evaluated by a tutor that belongs to the same organisation. 


Final Dissertation

In order to get the master’s degree students will be required to submit a dissertation, which will be part of their final evaluation. The dissertation should be a case study concerning procurement issues related to their own organisations, to a specific country or to a public procurement challenge. In drafting their paper students should demonstrate an understanding of the topic and the use of appropriate methodologies. The dissertation will be submitted at the beginning of January and will be defended at the end of February. Each student will work under the supervision of an advisor chosen among the lecturers of the program. 

Details on deadlines and other relevant issues regarding all the activities that take place after the in-class period (e-learning module, traineeship period and dissertation) will be clearly given to the students at the beginning of July before they go back home.

Department of Economics and Finance
University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
Via Columbia 2, 00133 Roma

Prof. Gustavo Piga

Executive Director
Prof. Annalisa Castelli

Distance Learning Coordinator
Prof. Andrea Appolloni

Cristina Cerri

Phone: +39 06 7259 5823
Fax: +39 06 72595804

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