Short Courses (Master)

The Master Programme in Public Policy and Human Development is organised in such a way that students can also enroll in some courses separately. 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.


Courses Period
Public Policy (MPP4301) 05 Sept - 30 Sep 2022 
Public Economics (MPP4302) 03 Oct - 28 Oct 2022 
Public Policy Analysis (MPP4504) 31 Oct - 23 Dec 2022
Introduction to Migration Studies (MGR4105)

06 Feb - 10 Mar 2023

Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RSK4105) 06 Feb - 10 Mar 2023
The Global Social Challenge: Beyond Poverty & Inequality (SPP4205) 06 Feb - 10 Mar 2023
Innovation and Innovation Policy From A System Perspective (GID4105) 06 Feb - 10 Mar 2023
Global Governance and Human Development (GPO4105) 06 Feb - 10 Mar 2023
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (SOE4105) 06 Feb - 10 Mar 2023
Migration and Remittance Effects (MGR4206) 13 Mar - 6 Apr 2023
Building Resilience and Adaptive Governance (RSK4206) 13 Mar - 6 Apr 2023
Understanding Social Protection (SPP4206) 13 Mar - 6 Apr 2023
Local Knowledge, Systems and Policy (GID4206) 13 Mar - 6 Apr 2023
The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (GTD4206) 13 Mar - 6 Apr 2023
Leveraging Social Entrepreneurship with Science, Technology and Innovation (SOE4307) 17 Apr - 12 May 2023
The Migration Lifecycle: Journeys, Integration, Return (MGR4309) 17 Apr - 12 May 2023
Risk Management in Crisis Situations (RSK4307) 17 Apr - 12 May 2023
Quantitative Techniques for Social Protection Policy Design (SPP4408) 17 Apr - 12 May 2023

Managing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (GID4307)

17 Apr - 12 May 2023

Governance of Peacebuilding and Development (GPO4307)

17 Apr - 12 May 2023
The Social Entrepreneurship Public Policy Nexus (SOE4206) 17 Apr - 12 May 2023
Comparative Migration Policy (MGR4408) 15 May - 9 Jun 2023
Behavioral Insights for Policy Design in Risky and Vulnerable Situations (RSK4409) 15 May - 9 Jun 2023
Financing Social Protection (SPF4105) 15 May - 9 Jun 2023
Innovation for Sustainability (GID4408) 15 May - 9 Jun 2023

Global Governance of Planetary Challenges (GPO4408)

15 May - 9 Jun 2023
Solution Design and Policy Communication to Address Societal Challenges (SOE4408) 15 May - 9 Jun 2023


There are no specific deadlines for the application of the short courses. However, keep in mind to apply at least three months prior to the start of the selected course(s) to secure a place. Late applications are only considered in case there is room left for additional students in that particular course. Also, think of applying in time for possible scholarships. If you meet the admission requirements, you need to submit an application form for short courses.

Application advice
Please note that the deadline for the submission of application is at least three months prior to the start of the selected course(s). It is still possible to apply for one or more courses after the application deadlines. However, applications are only considered in case there is capacity left for additional attending students in that particular course. Applications cannot be held over until the following year. If you wish to re-apply, you must submit a new form.

Final registration
After the selection procedure the management will inform all applicants about their status. The deadline for submission of final registration is at the latest one month before the course starts.

NFP scholarship
It is no longer possible to apply for a scholarship under the Nuffic/Orange knowledge programme for our short courses.

Admission requirements

  • bachelor or master degree from a relevant academic field such as economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, business administration, health sciences or public health
  • basic knowledge of statistics
  • basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law. This is judged by reviewing the content and grades of previous studies and/or the content and level of working experience
  • prerequisites for short courses in Public Policy Analysis: Statistics and Regression Analysis, STATA
  • prerequisites for short courses in Social Protection Policy: Statistics and Regression Analysis, STATA
  • proof of proficiency in English. The minimum level accepted is 600 pbt/250 cbt/100 ibt (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS). Native speakers and students who have received their Bachelor or Masters education in English are exempted

In addition to filling in the online application form, applicants must submit the following:

  • certified copies of your certificates and grades
  • proof of English proficiency
  • essay: 200 words on the following topic: According to your opinion, which public policy in your country is noteworthy either positively or negatively and why? The essay should be in MS Word or searchable PDF format
  • motivation letter
  • two letters of recommendation
  • curriculum vitae
  • copy of your passport
  • passport-size picture in JPG format

Tuition fees
The tuition fee for all short courses is 1,500 euros per course and 1,000 euros for subsequent courses (only valid for 2 years after finishing a short course). No refunds of tuition or health insurance fees are possible after the programme has started. Not included in the fees:

  • expenses with respect to study materials and obligatory literature
  • living costs (at least 700 euro per month)
  • travel costs (varying)
  • insurance (healthcare and liability)
  • MVV (entrance visa; only needed for a stay of more than three months)