The master’s and PhD programmes, the research and training activities cover a wide range of topics and issues ranging from good governance to technical aspects of policy financing. All of the School’s academic activities share an analytical approach to policy problems and theoretical problems relevant to policy design and implementation.
The master’s programme offers specialisations in Social Protection Policy Design and Financing, Foreign Policy and Development, Migration Studies, Risk and Vulnerability, Regional Integration & Multi-Level Governance and Innovation Institutions & Development.
The PhD programmes focus on research methods and advanced training in policy analysis and its underlying disciplines.
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Master's programme: Public Policy and Human Development
The Master of Science (MSc) 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. Students are equipped with a variety of skills, tools and knowledge which enable them to work as policy designers and policy analysts. They are capable of working within public and private institutions at local, national and international levels.
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.
The programme consists of two semesters. The first is the same for all students and focuses on the theories and practice of governance and policy analysis. During the second semester, students choose from several specializations. Please see the programme information for more details.
Students who successfully complete the programme receive a Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development, a double degree issued by Maastricht University and the United Nations University. This is a one-year programme taught in English, from 1 September through 31 August.
- Receive a Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development
- One-year programme
- Taught in English
- Receive a double degree issued by Maastricht University and the United Nations University
Short courses (Masters)
The Master Programme in Public Policy and Human Development is organised in such a way that students can also enroll in the separate courses. Most courses run for 4 weeks (some longer) and are concluded with a written exam and/or assignment. Students receive a certificate and credits for every course completed successfully.
PhD Programme on Innovation, Economics and Governance for Development (IEGD)
The PhD programme is a multidisciplinary course offered by UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. The programme focuses on research skills and methods, training fellows to become both scholars and practitioners in the fields of governance and the economics of technology.
Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²)
Combining a PhD degree with a full-time job? The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) offers courses, seminars and workshops that support the ambitions and intensify the research and analytical skills of the fellows.
Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy (DEIP)
The UNU-MERIT course on the Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policies (DEIP) is an intensive one-week course for policymakers in science, technology and innovation policy in developing countries and for participants from the private sector involved in strategic decision-making about technology and innovation.
Migration Management Diploma Programme (MMDP)
The Migration Management Diploma Programme is a three-month course designed for practitioners and civil servants working in the field of migration and/or asylum.
Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods
Developing competence and specific skills to effectively perform evidence-based academic or policy-oriented research is essential for knowledge creation and decision-making, whether in business, government or civil society. The Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM) course aims to equip participants with the fundamental tools for designing and analysing evidence-based research.
The decisions of public officials have important ramifications across both domestic and global political landscapes, often influencing individuals far beyond the physical borders of nation-states.
Maastricht University organizes open days for prospective students. During these events we try to provide you with a clear idea about our university, programmes, education model and student life. You'll hear first-hand experiences from our students, staff, and alumni.
The Student for a Day experience will help you get a taste of our Master's programme first-hand by spending a day at our School, attending a lecture or a tutorial, or simply meeting current students or the course coordinator.
Our PhD programme is a multidisciplinary course offered by UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. The programme focuses on research skills and methods, training fellows to become both scholars and practitioners in the fields of governance and the economics of technology.
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