Master of Science in Public Management

Master of Science in Public Management

The Master in Public Management (in collaboration with the University of Hanoi, Vietnam) offered by the Department of International Studies and International Integration (DEMS) at the University of Palermo (Italy) aims to face a specific need of public administrations: to support coordination in policy design, implementation, and performance management, between different components of the public sector.

 MSc Programme

The Master in Public Management delivered by the Department of International Studies (DEMS) of the University of Palermo (Italy) is taught in English and takes the professional and cultural perspective here described.
It adopts a practical approach, involving the discussion of concrete case-studies and the empirical work developed in computer laboratories. To this end, participants are involved in teamwork and supported step-by-step by our faculty in advancing in their own learning process.
A comparative analysis approach is adopted, to enable students to understand and practice differences and similarities between several systems in the world, related to the generation of value through policy design and management in the public sector.
Such approach also implies the possibility for students to spend one or two semesters attending courses or developing their thesis under the supervision of professors or other professionals working in other countries in the world.


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1st Year

Semester 1

  • Normative policy analysis (6 ECTS)
  • Competition Law (6 ECTS)
  • International Criminal Justice (6 ECTS)
  • Economics of Cultural Markets (6 ECTS)
  • International Trade Law (6 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Planning & Control Systems (10 ECTS)
  • Performance Management in the Public Sector (12 ECTS)
  • Business Strategy (8 ECTS)

2nd Year

Semester 1

  • Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the Public Sector (6 ECTS)
  • Models and Techniques for Human Resources Assessment and Development (9 ECTS)
  • Global Politics (6 ECTS)
  • Elective subject (each student will choose it among a list of extra available subjects delivered at the University of Palermo – 9 ECTS)
  • Internship (6 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Thesis (24 ECTS)

For any questions regarding the Programme, please feel free to contact us:

Carmine Bianchi – carmine.bianchi@unipa.it or bianchi.carmine@gmail.com
Full Professor in Business & Public Management
Program Director

Enzo Bivona – enzo.bivona@unipa.it or enzo.bivona1@gmail.com
Associate Professor of Business Management

Federico Cosenz – federico.cosenz@unipa.it
Assistant Professor in Business & Public Management





Doctoral seminars

Doctoral seminars: fruitful opportunities to discuss relevant research topics within the PhD program.


Downloading Springer books from UNIPA

The University of Palermo has signed an agreement with Springer which allows students to access and download over 10,000 e-books (both PDF and ePub format) through SpingerLink. The accessible books are limited to those published in 2016. This agreement is valid until June 2017. The book Dynamic Performance Management, published by Prof. Carmine Bianchi is available for download. […]