Why this programme?
Public policy issues are growing in complexity and there’s an increasing interconnectedness between local, national and international levels of decision making and implementation. This can be seen in current public policy concerns such as:
- the impact of immigration policies
- healthcare access for children in developing countries
- mitigation of the effects of global warming
- the conflict of China's economic growth and its sustainable development
- the watchdog role of the media
Due to the increasing complexity of the issues, there is a growing need for specialists in policy analysis who have a combination of technical skills as well as theoretical and specific area knowledge. During the one-year master's programme in Public Policy and Human Development, you will be trained by leading experts from both Maastricht University and United Nations University and will earn two master’s degrees.
A strong foundation
The first semester is the same for all students. The focus is on the theories and practice of governance and policy analysis. You will take three courses and several skills trainings covering the general aspects relevant in the fields of governance and policy analysis. You will learn to apply current theories and research in the following academic disciplines:
- public policy
- public finance
- public economics
- policy analysis
- statistics and econometrics
This will provide you with a strong foundation and will prepare you to conduct detailed analyses of the issues covered in the specialisation you choose.
After successful completion of the programme, you will obtain a double Master of Science (MSc) degree in Public Policy and Human Development. You will receive two diplomas. The first is from Maastricht University and is accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), and the second is issued by United Nations University.