Online courses: Overview

When employed full-time, it is not always possible to keep up with developments in your field. Faced with new challenges and time constraints, there is a growing need for innovative and collaborative learning programmes in a lifelong learning setting. For working professionals who are keen to expand their expertise in public policy we offer a selection of online and blended courses.

Dr. Mindel van de Laar, online course programme director

We specifically aim to teach professionals that are unable to visit us in Maastricht in an individual or small group setting. Due to the small scale education with intensive tutor support we manage to serve public policymakers and researchers from all around the globe, and lead them to successful completion of the coursework within the set time frame.

Mindel van de Laar, UNU-MERIT


Our online learning programmes offer a comprehensive combination of up-to-date theoretical insights, modern educational tools, technical and social skills and sector-specific knowledge to put theory into practice. Guided by experienced tutors, we support learning, engage in discussions and develop new skills by offering assignments.

Christian Nicola Nota (MSc): Online Course Tutor academic year 2020-2021

Tutoring this course has been a very enriching experience. I not only experienced the engagement of motivated and knowledgeable students, with interesting and valuable insights, but I also had the chance to acquire a new perspective on development and development policies. I have gained even more awareness about the importance of considering the context and about the particularity of each specific case. It is a unique opportunity to grow both professionally and personally!
Christian Nicola Nota, UNU-MERIT

We provide courses for professionals and scholars from all over the world in policy design, policy analysis and methods and techniques of policy research. In order to accommodate the needs of participants, these courses are available as single online courses, but also as certificate programmes and blended learning programmes. In case of specific needs, we also design tailor-made online course packages upon request.


We also provide research skill toolkits and other learning materials as open access materials to support learning beyond course enrolment.