Short Courses (Master)

The Master's programme in Public Policy and Human Development - offered as a joint programme of both the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) and Maastricht University - 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. For more information about the available courses, please see the Short Courses webpage on the UNU-MERIT website.


If you meet the admission requirements, you need to apply via this application form.

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The deadline for applying is 10 weeks before the start of the selected course(s), but it's best to apply at least three months prior to the start of the selected course(s) to secure a place.  Also, think of applying in time for possible scholarships.

Application advice
It is still possible to apply for one or more courses after the application deadlines have passed, but late applications are only considered if there is still room for additional 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.


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

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 (health care and liability)
  • MVV (entrance visa; only needed for a stay of more than three months)