Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development programme is a double-degree programme of Maastricht University and United Nations University‘s institute UNU-MERIT. In 2018, the programme was re-accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) and received the official EAPAA accreditation by the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation.

UNU-MERIT’s Graduate School is a member of APPAM, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and of NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

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. The MPP programme concentrates on public policy analysis and governance in general and includes the following specialisations (click on each one below to learn more):

Presentation slides for specialisations can be downloaded via this file.

Curious if the MPP programme is right for you? Talk to us!

We regularly host events and take part in online fairs so that you can get to know us better. Here’s where you can meet us next:
šŸ’” Wed 5 April: ‘Foreign Affairs’ online fair, 17:00 – 20:00 CEST
Join here.
(Led by Melissa Siegel, Professor of Migration Studies.)

šŸ’” Thu 13 April: Online MPP webinar, 14:00 – 15:00 CEST
Zoom link soon to come.
(Led by Julieta Marotta, MPP Programme Director.)


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 enableĀ them to work as policy designers and policy analysts in public and private institutions.

(Please note that this video was created for academic year 2021-22 and seven specialisations which are now five as listed above.)

What can you expect?

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

Student Profile

The programme serves various groups of students, ranging from bachelor’s students to mid-career professionals. We aim to recruit students with strong academic records, a demonstrated commitment to public (international) affairs and/or outstanding potential for career growth and leadership. See our ‘Master’s Voice‘ blog for the latest news and views from staff, students and alumni. Or follow our MPP Student Ambassador, Kathleen Hopewell, and benefit from his experiences and insights! Kathleen is sharing her journey in the MPP throughout the academic year 2022-2023, both on FacebookĀ andĀ Instagram.


The MPP has its own study association DEMOS.

Watch the video to see how much creativity, dedication and resilienceĀ the DEMOS teamĀ demonstrated in times of COVID-19 and all the activities organised for the MPP cohort of 2020-2021!

DEMOS is the study association of the Master’s programmeĀ in Public Policy and Human Development.Ā DEMOS provides our students with a community that facilitates social and cultural bonding, professional capacity enhancement, network development, and academic achievement.

NN Future Matters Scholarship

Applicants to our Master’s programme are eligible for the NN Future Matters Scholarship. All questions related to scholarships can be directed to Maastricht University’s scholarship office at

Download the MPP brochure here!

For more information about programme details, student profile and admission requirements, please visit our pages on the Maastricht University website.