The Qualification Programme’s
learning path

The academic programme is a full time, advanced, postgraduate Master Programme with classroom lectures running from the end of February to July in Rome, Italy, followed by distance-learning and a mandatory professional traineeship in a company or institution, which can be in Italy, in the student’s home country or elsewhere. The programme is characterised by its interdisciplinary content and it is meant to attract purchasers with relevant experience in procurement as well as students interested in preparing for a career in procurement. Classes are all taught in English, therefore language proficiency is required to successfully follow the courses and to actively participate in all the learning activities.


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 runs each year from March to February with distance learning activities, classroom lectures, a mandatory professional internship and the preparation of the final dissertation. Each module has a duration of 30 hours. 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

7.       Contract Complaints and Disputes

8.       Integrity and Anticorruption in Public Procurement

9.       Strategic Sustainable Procurement

10.     Emerging Issues in Procurement

11.     IFI's Procurement Procedures

12.     Law and Economics of Public and Private Partnership

13.    E-procurement

For more details about the Modular Training please look at the relevant academic year Course List.


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 / Simona Rippo

Phone: +39 06 7259 5942
Fax: +39 06 2020 500

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