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Master in Development Practice

The National Strategy for Sustainable Development defines strategic guidelines to high-level qualifications for a sustainable and competitive economy, efficient and preventive management of the environment, natural resources. It also promotes the creation and diffusion of scientific knowledge for a more active role of Portugal in the cooperation of global sustainability. 


The Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) program is shared by 8 schools of  Polytechnic of Porto  and it is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for development practitioners, policy professionals at the local and national level, private sector professionals and high-level project managers. 


The MDP program is directed towards young professionals with previous substantial work experience who want to acquire new competencies and skills and to become part of a new generation of generalist practitioners prepared to confront complex sustainable development challenges and able to innovate and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Why choose Development Practices?

The Global Association of the Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) programs is a  network of 37 MDP programs ;

Provides students with the knowledge and practical skills to analyze and diagnose the multi-dimensional challenges of sustainable development such as extreme poverty, climate change, and infectious diseases;

It focuses on four intersecting macro disciplines: health, natural, social, and management sciences; 

The program is based on the  CDIO’s methodology  – CONCEIVE, DESIGN, IMPLEMENT, OPERATE;

The field training experience provides students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of integrated development approaches within the real-world context. 


010 Basic programs
Number: M975
No. dispatch/concierge: 7679/2017
1º Year
Curricular unit Period ECTS
Global Citizenship and Education 1st Semester 5.0
Management Science I 1st Semester 5.0
Engineering for Sustainable Development I 1st Semester 5.0
Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice I 1st Semester 6.0
Global Health and Development I 1st Semester 5.0
Electives (optional) 1st Semester 4.0
Management Science II 2st Semester 5.0
Engineering for Sustainable Development II 2st Semester 5.0
Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice II 2st Semester 6.0
Contemporary Global Problems 2st Semester 5.0
Global Health and Development II 2st Semester 5.0
Electives (optional) 2st Semester 4.0
2º Year
Curricular unit Period ECTS
Field Practicum 1st Trimestre 15.0
Thesis / Internship Annual 45.0
  • Generalist and Specialist development practitioners
  • Policy administrators and professionals
  • Education institutions
  •    Sustainable Development Analysts: poverty, climate change, and infectious diseases.  

Undergraduate or Masters in the following areas: Arts, Business Sciences, Behaviour and social and science, Engineering, Health, Tourism and leisure, Educational Sciences, and related areas. Bootcamp offered by all the organizational units of P.Porto.   Applications fees:  National students 1950€ International students €4500 +info: epf@isep.ipp.pt  For Applications to MSc in Development Practice 2021 the following document must be consulted: EN  |  PT