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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.


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.


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.


  • Negotiation and Team Building
  • Economics of Procurement
  • Legal Background
  • Competition and Procurement
  • Planning and Management of Procurement Operations
  • Strategic Procurement and Quality Management
  • Contract Complaints and Disputes
  • Integrity and Anticorruption in Public Procurement
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Emerging Issues in Procurement
  • IFI's Procurement Procedures
  • Law and Economics of Public and Private Partnership
  • 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.


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.


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.


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.


Welcome Day will take place on February 26, 2021 at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Students attending the ninth edition of the International Master in Public Procurement Management (IMPPM) are encouraged to attend this event aimed at establishing and strengthening relationships among fellow students.

This event is intended as the starting point for the promotion of international relations and for reinforcing integration among students coming from different backgrounds who, in the following months, will work together in a multicultural environment. With this frame of reference, during the event many teamwork activities will be proposed in order to foster the active participation of each student enrolled in the Master Programme and, therefore, and create a united class.

Welcome Day will be structured according to the following objectives:

  • Team-building
  • Developing the capacity to participate in teamwork activities by managing both formal and informal aspects of organisation and coordination
  • Communicating in an effective manner