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 (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!

Student for a Day
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 in the months of April or May, attending a lecture or a tutorial, or simply meeting current students or the course coordinator. One of our current students will accompany you during the whole experience. He or she will introduce you to the programme, the content, fellow students and more. You can register using this form. For more information, please contact our Communications Officer Sueli Brodin

More information about programme details, student profile and admission