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Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The Master of Science programme in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP) is a unique partnership between Maastricht University (UM) and the United Nations University (UNU).

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 Design and Financing (in co-operation with the ILO)
- Trade 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!

Programme Information

The Master of Science (MSc) in Public Policy and Human Development emphasises the connection between public policy and decision-making processes, or more specifically, the effectiveness and efficiency of governance. Students are equipped with a variety of skills, tools and knowledge which enable them to work as policy designers and policy analysts. They are capable of working within public and private institutions at local, national and international levels.

Public policy issues are growing in complexity and there’s an increasing interconnectedness between local, national and international levels of decision making and implementation. This can be seen in current public policy concerns such as:

- the impact of immigration policies
- healthcare access for children in developing countries
- mitigation of the effects of global warming
- the conflict of China's economic growth and its sustainable development
- the watchdog role of the media

Due to the increasing complexity of the issues, there is a growing need for specialists in policy analysis who have a combination of technical skills as well as theoretical and specific area knowledge.

The programme consists of two semesters. The first is the same for all students and focuses on the theories and practice of governance and policy analysis. During the second semester, students choose from several specializations. Please see the programme information for more details.

Students who successfully complete the programme receive a Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development, a double degree issued by Maastricht University and the United Nations University. This is a one-year programme taught in English, from 1 September through 31 August.

Entry Requirements

a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a relevant academic field such as economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, business administration, health sciences or public healthbasic knowledge of statistics and a solid understanding of pre-calculus algebra. This is judged by reviewing the content and grades of previous studies and/or the content and level of working experience. You will receive the opportunity to participate in an online mathematics course over the summer to refresh your knowledge

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