Your gateway into the UN system: a Master’s degree at UN University

UN University in Maastricht, the Netherlands

Founded in 1975, the United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation that works towards resolving the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare.

Through its network of 13 institutes located in 12 countries, UNU fosters collaborative research and education specifically to support the delivery of the UN’s SDGs.

UNU’s research priorities cover 3 thematic areas:
🕊️ Peace & governance
🌎 Global development & inclusion
🌿 Environment, climate & energy


UNU-MERIT (the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology) is one of the largest UNU institutes. We offer an internationally renowned Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development (in partnership with Maastricht University).

To give our students the best possible learning experience, we cooperate with several international organisations, including those within the UN system (such as the International Labour Organization), in order to have contributions from a variety of guest lecturers and external experts. 

Besides rigorous academic training, our highly personalised programme also offers students the chance to have one-on-one meetings with a mentor, access to career fairs, information about opportunities at the UN and workshops dedicated to developing soft skills. Many of our 1,200 alumni have gone on to successful careers in policy analysis, policy design, policy monitoring and policy evaluation in organisations across the globe.


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