MSc in Public Policy and Human Development


    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, UNU-MERIT cooperates 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 (in cooperation with ILO)
    • Foreign Policy and Development
    • Migration Studies
    • Risk and Vulnerability (in co-operation with UNU-EHS)
    • Regional Integration & Multi-Level Governance
    • Innovation of Governance (in cooperation with UNU-MERIT)
    • Social Entrepreneurship & Public Policy (under construction)


    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 training, workshops, presentations, debates
    • personal guidance
    • a challenging but fun programme!

    Application deadlines

    • Students who require a visa: 15 June every year
    • Students who do not require a visa: 15 July every year

    Visit the UNU-MERIT website for more information, including requirements, how to apply, and scholarship availability.