Master's Programme


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


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. The Master’s 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 Course is designed jointly by Mid-West University (MU) of Nepal and the International School of Advanced Studies (ISAS), Kathmandu under academic and technical assistance from the 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.


  • 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.


MICD is open to all interested applicants having a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited University. Good command of the English language and basic computer skills are essential. It is relevant for persons aspiring for a professional career in the public sector; national and international agencies; development projects; universities 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 in the program. There is no age limit for applying.


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, and Management Studies including Results-Based Project Cycle Management including Internship/Project Work and Thesis writing. MICD is organized in 4 semesters: while the first three semesters are dedicated to frontal classes, lecturers, and classroom teaching learning activities; the fourth semester is dedicated to acquiring practical knowledge and exposure through internship placement in different agencies and thesis writing on development issues.

The Master’s Program awards 75 Credit Hours, equivalent to 1900 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 a week, from Monday to Friday, in the morning from 6.30 am to 9.30 am. MICD classes are delivered in English by international and Nepali academicians, experts, and practitioners experienced in the cooperation and development sector.


Interested applicants may visit MICD Office or the website ( for further detail, obtaining application form and learn about other requirements. MICD Office will also provide necessary information through email and telephone.