Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development

The starting point of the MPP programme is to stimulate students to gain an understanding of the basic idea of good governance. The emphasis of the programme lies with the question of how can public policy be dealt with in the most effective and efficient way.

To guarantee high quality in an international environment, we cooperate with the faculties of Maastricht University, partner universities and international bodies, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO). The MPP programme concentrates on public policy analysis and governance in general and includes the following specialisations:

  • Social Protection Policy Design and Financing (in co-operation with the ILO)
  • Foreign Policy and Development
  • Migration Studies
  • Risk and Vulnerability (in co-operation with UNU-EHS)
  • Regional Integration & Multi-Level Governance (in co-operation with UNU-CRIS)
  • Innovation, Institutions & Development


In this programme, you will be trained in formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policy in order to be able to give recommendations for improving or replacing ongoing policies. Students are provided with a variety of skills, tools and knowledge which will enable them to work as policy designers and policy analysts in public and private institutions.

Student profile
The programme serves various groups of students, ranging from bachelor’s students to mid-career professionals. UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance aim to recruit students with strong academic records, a demonstrated commitment to public (international) affairs and/or an outstanding potential for career growth and leadership.

What can you expect?

  • a concentrated one-year Master’s programme
  • approximately four hours of class per day
  • training in small international groups
  • skills trainings, workshops, presentations, debates
  • personal guidance
  • a challenging but fun programme!


More information about programme details, student profile and admission