MSc Public Policy and Human Development

1 year



Start Date

EU/EAA: € 2,314
Non-EU/EAA: € 16,000

Tuition Fee

Maastricht – UNU-MERIT Campus



How can public policy promote innovation-based growth? What is lacking in the current social protection policy in your country and how can it be improved? What are the key factors that governments should take into account when forming their migration policy? If you want to develop the skills to answer these questions in a professional capacity, then the master’s programme in Public Policy and Human Development is a good fit for you.

The Master of Science 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. You will be equipped with a variety of skills, tools and knowledge which enable you to work as a policy designer or policy analyst. You will be capable of working within public and private institutions at local, national and international levels. The one-year master’s programme is offered as a double degree in collaboration with United Nations University (UNU-MERIT).

Double degree

After successful completion of the programme, you will obtain a double Master of Science (MSc) degree in Public Policy and Human Development. You will receive two diplomas. The first is from Maastricht University and is accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), and the second is issued by United Nations University.

6 Specialisations:

At the end of the first semester, you will choose an area of specialisation. The programme director and the specialisation coordinators will support you in making your selection. The areas of specialisation are:

  • Social Protection Policy
  • Migration Studies
  • Risk and Vulnerability
  • Global Governance for Development
  • Governance of Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

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This programme provides you with concrete tools and knowledge to work on real problems of today’s world, such as inequality, lack of education and environmental issues. Public Policy is not about extinguishing a fire with a bit of water.

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