Double Degree Master Programme in Development Economics - Pavia

The University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA) and the University of Pavia, Italy (UniPv), two leading European universities in the field of Development Economics are jointly proposing this master programme. Successful enrolled students will receive two diplomas after two years of studies:

  • UCA : Master Economie du développement
    - Parcours Développement Durable OU
    - Parcours économie de la Santé OU
    - Parcours Economie Territoriale OU
    - Parcours Finances Publiques
  • UniPv: Laurea magistrale in Economics, Development and Innovation (MEDI), taught in English with the following curriculum:
    - International Development and Economic Policy
Both degrees are national degrees. All teachings are in English at the University of Pavia, and in French at the Université Clermont Auvergne.

The Double Degree - A human and cultural adventure - A positive signal in your CV

By implementing the double-degree, the two universities want to propose their students the opportunity to differentiate themselves on the job market, to multiply their professional opportunities, their personal and professional enrichment, to improve their foreign language skills, and to better master intercultural codes.

A double-degree is a great signal towards employers: it means the graduate is persevering, will be familiar with cross-cutting issues and will have a greater maturity. It also shows the adaptability and open-mindedness of the graduate from such a course.

Mobility Scheme

Students perform their first year (M1) at University of Pavia, in the master MEFI programme. Credits earned during the first year of studies are transferred to the UCA. They perform one of the four tracks of master second year (M2) at the UCA school of economics.
Candidates may apply at either institution.
In both universities, semester 4 consists of a master thesis, joint supervision by members of both universities is encouraged but not mandatory.
All students are due to defend their master thesis in Pavia.

Graduates' skills

Students will develop general skills such as:

  • Understand and analyse the functioning of markets and the behaviour of actors             
  • Identify development and policy issues and evaluate program implementation
  • Analyse economic fluctuations and long-term development trajectories             
  • Analyse the interdependencies of economies and the challenges of globalization
  • Understand and diagnose socio-economic problems based on quantitative data
  • Master the quantitative tools of analysis and data processing: build, exploit and process databases statistically and econometrically                                                                    
  • Know how to interpret the results of economic studies                               
  • Develop language skills in French and English
  • Know how to produce an executive summary for decision-makers

According to the track selected by the students, they will be able to:

  • Apply economic theory to the analysis of environmental and natural resource management issues, or health economics issues, or territorial development issues…
  • Design, collect, process and analyse socio-economic data in order to contribute to the resolution of environmental, health, territorial development issues.
  • Master the methods and tools of information processing and geolocalized data. Develop and evaluate territorial public policies and territorial projects              
  • Carry out a diagnosis of a fiscal or budgetary policy. Design a reform strategy. Carry out the economic and budgetary impact study of a reform
  • Understand the functioning and organization of the different health systems and the behaviour of the main actors and regulatory systems
  • Master the methods and tools of medico-economic evluation


Graduates form the Double master degree will work as professional economists on development issues in International organisations - United Nations agencies, banks of development, bilateral agencies for development - NGOs, community-based organisations, Governments - National Agencies for Development, economic policy analysis units, ministries - firms, financial sector, academia, consultancies…

Application and admission

Each university admits up to 5 candidates per academic year. Candidates are selected by the university they apply to.
Learn more about the admission criteria.
Applicants complete a double degree application form, and submit it, together with the required attachments by January 30th.

Tuition and fees

Students are registered in both universities during all their studies. However, they only pay registration and other fees to their home institution.
In order to receive their Italian diploma, students will be asked an extra fee.
Enrolled students will benefit from the Erasmus scholarship while in mobility in the partner institution.