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Public Policy and Human Development

How can public policy promote innovation-based growth? What is lacking in the current social protection policy in your country and how can it be improved? What are the key factors that governments should take into account when forming their migration policy? If you want to develop the skills to answer these questions in a professional capacity, then the master's programme in Public Policy and Human Development is a good fit for you. 

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development emphasises the connection between public policy and decision-making processes, or more specifically, the effectiveness and efficiency of governance. You will be equipped with a variety of skills, tools and knowledge which enable you to work as a policy designer or policy analyst. You will be capable of working within public and private institutions at local, national and international levels. The one-year master's programme is offered as a double degree in collaboration with United Nations University (UNU-MERIT  ).

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We welcome highly motivated individuals who are aiming to use public policy to solve real-life problems and are committed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Public Policy and Human Development has received the official EAPAA accreditation

The European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA)

UM is the tenth best young university in the world

Times Higher Education 2019 Young Universities Ranking
  • I hope to connect the world in a better way
    Rodolpho Feijó (Brazil), Master Public Policy and Human Development

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  • Presenting our latest batch of future policy makers

    Presenting our latest batch of future policy makers

    Monday, July 8, 2019

    Students from our Master's in Public Policy and Human Development (2018-19) marked the end of their course at a festive ceremony in Sint Janskerk, Maastricht.

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  • Food distibution

    Social safety net sorely needed

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Recent research by Professor Gassmann shows that investing in social protection systems has clear added value and a positive cost-benefit analysis in the long term. 

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  • Brenda Yamba 1

    Positive view of the future prevents school dropout

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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  • Action research – UM students win awards

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    The morning programme of the Opening of the academic year in short.

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  • ITEM Brochures  Vera van Vliet

    ITEM calls for participants of survey about international migrants in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Maastricht University researchers are currently calling for people to take part in a survey about the reasons for highly-skilled international migrants to come to live and/or work in Limburg (NL) or the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. By participating, you can help make internationals’ lives, like your own, in the region easier and increase the attractiveness of the region for internationals.

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  • SMART

    SURF subsidy for development open online services

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has selected the project ‘Leading to Success: SMART Choices and SMART Tools’, submitted by project leader Dr. Mindel van de Laar , for funding in a competitive selection process to encourage open and online education.

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  • ICIS and UNU-MERIT World Leading Institutes

    What Next for ‘World Leading’ UNU-MERIT & ICIS?

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    A committee of four Dutch and German professors gave the institutes very high marks for societal relevance, research quality and viability during an independent assessment.

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