Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development

Deadline for the 2022/2023 Cohort: 3 August

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 of Governance 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:

Presentation slides for specialisations can be downloaded via this file.


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.

Please note that this video was created for academic year 2021-22 and seven specialisations which are now six 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, Leopoldo Perez Obregon, and benefit from his experiences and insights! Leopoldo is sharing his journey in the MPP throughout the academic year 2021-2022, both on Facebook and Instagram.

The MPP has its own study association DEMOS.

Watch the video to see how much creativity, dedication and resilience the DEMOS team 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 programme in Public Policy and Human Development. 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

Prospective & current students from the UK: Brexit FAQ

The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 with a Withdrawal Agreement. Subsequently, a transition period was in place until 31 December 2020 during which the UK still had to comply with all EU rules and laws. During the transition period, the UK and the EU negotiated their future relationship. The negotiators reached an agreement on a new partnership on 24 December 2020. This agreement sets out the rules that will apply between the EU and the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards.  For more information on Brexit-related questions, please check the webpage: Brexit- FAQ.

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