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The Master in Public Policy and Human Development equips students with a variety of skills, tools and knowledge which enable them to work as policy designers and policy analysts.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
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.

Waarom aan de Maastricht University?

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2014 : score 70, 2015 : score 72


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International Trade: Theory, Policy, Environmen and Development
Development and Human Rights
Research Design
Introduction to Data Science
Statistics Leveling
Public Policy
Public Economics
Public Policy Analysis
Risk and Vulnerability Assessment keuzevak
Building Resilience and Adaptive Governance keuzevak
Comparative Migration Studies keuzevak
Comparative Regionalism keuzevak
Data Collection and Analysis for Migration Studies keuzevak
Econometrics Plus keuzevak
Financing Social Protection keuzevak
Innovation and Development Patterns around the Globe keuzevak
Innovation and the Global Income Distribution keuzevak
Innovation Systems in the Global Economy keuzevak
International Intellectual Property Law and Policy keuzevak
Introduction to Migration Studies keuzevak
Introduction to Regions keuzevak
Migration and Remittance Effects keuzevak
Quantitative Techniques for Social Protection Policy Design keuzevak
Regionalism and Multi-Level Governance keuzevak
Research Seminar: Topical Issues in Comparative Regionalism keuzevak
Risk Communication: the Last Frontier? keuzevak
Risk Management in Crisis Situations keuzevak
Science, Technology & Innovation Policy keuzevak
The Global Challenge: Beyond Poverty & Inequality keuzevak
The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization keuzevak
Understanding Social Protection: from Justification to Intervention keuzevak


specialisatie Social Protection Policy

For the vast majority of the world's population, working is the primary and sole means to earn a living. Education and training are therefore crucial elements of social policy.

A form of social protection is needed to guarantee dignified survival for those unable to work, whether temporarily of permanently. Public social protection systems redistribute 5-35% of GDP, depending on the level of development. Deficient and/or inefficient design and management within (and coordination between) social protection institutions may lead to wastage of public resources or to socio-economic inefficiencies, ineffectiveness and misallocation of social transfers. The failure to invest an adequate share of public resources in social protection leads to avoidable loss of welfare and economic performance. In both cases those most in need may not receive a fair share of scarce public resources. This raises debates about the organization and impact of social protection systems, their financing and sustainability. Public policies are needed in the areas of poverty reduction, labour conditions, healthcare, human capital development, and income security systems (such as retirement pensions). The specialization Social Policy Financing and Social Policy Design discuss these issues in an accessible, contemporary and practical manner.

specialisatie Foreign Policy and Development

We provide students with tools to participate in processes at the international level through training sessions in negotiation skills and practising in simulated negotations and a mock trial.

An essential part of policy is influenced by or made at the international stage, between states as sovereign actors. This specialisation focuses on
the key policy areas negotiated in the international arena, from the flows of trades in good and services, and intellectual property rights to development cooperation and the promotion and protection of human rights.
We assess the goals of economic development, the influence of international mediation and negotiation, and the role of legal rules in facilitating or hindering that process. We examine the current international legal development regime; study the underlying social and economic factors that contribute to failure of efforts at legal reform; analyse the reform strategies of selected development agencies; and explore alternative modes of analysis that may lead to more effective strategies than many legal assistance programmes have enjoyed to date.

specialisatie Migration Studies

Migration is a growing phenomenon that has gained importance in the public debate on development, welfare and immigration policy.

According to the International Organization for Migration, there are some 191 million international migrants worldwide, constituting 3% of the world population (2005). Remittance transfers currently amount to more than US$300 billion, surpassing foreign direct investment and official development aid in many countries. Migration is a controversial topic in the international and national policy arena and the effects of migration need to be studied carefully. While mass media often focus on a few spectacularly problematic integration cases, this specialization studies the key issues in-depth and with scientific rigor. The four courses introduce the essential components of migration studies such as trends, theories, causes and effects, and migration policy. Students will be able to explore the area of migration studies by taking courses with a broad perspective on the prevailing theory and practice. Particular emphasis is put on practical fieldwork. Students are trained for the international labour market as policy advisors, practitioners, researchers, etc.

specialisatie Risk and Vulnerability

-How do we deal with uncertainty and risk?” is a relevant question for decision makers and their advisors, as well as for key actors in society such as environmental lobbyists.

Throughout history, societies have had to face disasters and crises. Recent examples include natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, medical crises such as mad cow disease, or man-made catastrophes such as the Chernobyl incident. -How do we deal with uncertainty and risk?” is a relevant question
for decision makers and their advisors, as well as for key actors in society such as environmental lobbyists. This specialization follows a process approach, starting with risk assessments, discussing the building of more resilient societies and studying how to manage the situation if a crisis occurs. The concluding course discusses how to communicate risk to the general public. This specialization is taught in collaboration with United Nations University's institute on Environment and Human Security (EHS).

specialisatie Regional Integration and Multi-level Governance

This specialization will dynamically explore how regional integration and multi-level governance change the ways that public policy is shaped and executed in different world regions.

In today's world, policymaking is no longer a prerogative of the state. On the one hand, countries increasingly look for joint solutions to common policy challenges: regional cooperation is on the rise worldwide. On the other hand, competences to introduce, reform and implement policies become more and more shared by, rather than divided between, actors at the sub-national, national, regional, international and even supranational levels. Complex systems of multi-level governance, in which actors at different levels compete for control over public policy decision-making, have developed across the globe.
Students will learn how regions have emerged and proliferated in the world. They will systematically study key theories and approaches explaining regional integration and multi-level governance. Practices of regional cooperation and governance in different world regions will be investigated both from an academic perspective and first-hand policy-makers' experience. The specialization is offered in collaboration with the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration (UNU-CRIS) based in Bruges, Belgium.

specialisatie Innovation, Institutions & Development

This specialization addresses how institutions can be designed to stimulate innovation, and ultimately development.

Using macroeconomic theory, a number of simple questions are answered: how have average living
standards between countries diverged or converged? What influence did the global economic environment play? How is the production and use of technological knowledge distributed in the world? And how does this relate to the global income distribution between countries? The answer to these questions leads us to a basic theory of economic growth. In the second step, we use a comparative approach to describe
and analyse the relative growth performance of countries in four world regions: Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the developed world (Europe, North America, Australia). We focus on how public actors contribute to development, especially in terms of policies that facilitate technology transfer, and on the role of innovation as a key engine of growth. The development and use of knowledge remains very much concentrated in specific regions and
sectors. Upon completing this specialization, you will have a deeper understanding of the role of public policy and (semi-) public organisations in fostering innovation
in these systems, and thereby contributing to growth and development.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet40% zelfstudie
60% theorie
case study, literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, project, seminar

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juli 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2060 (€1030 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 13800
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 13800

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juli 2020
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  • basic knowledge of statistics and a solid understanding of pre-calculus algebra
  • basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science


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 health

reference letter
two letters of reference from former/current professors/employers.

a motivation letter which explains why you choose this programme and which convinces the Board of Admissions that you will complete the programme successfully

studie kosten
bron: Maastricht University
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
€ 500visa/permitper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

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308kamerhuur in Maastrichtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1176totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


194 studenten volgen deze opleiding
59% daarvan is vrouw
131 eerstejaars gestart in 2018
60% daarvan is vrouw
16600 studenten aan de Maastricht University
60% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Maastricht

20231studenten studerend
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€ 308gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
24 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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Na de studie

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Graduates will be able to work throughout the world in the public and private institutions of both advanced and less developed countries, including national, regional and local governments, ministries, pension funds, market authorities, NGOs, and international organisations and consultancies. We have graduates working for BMC, ILO, GTZ, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Twynstra-Gudde, Triodos Bank, KPMG, AFM. Our graduates can also pursue an academic career, e.g. continue with a PhD.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Graduates are academically trained policy designers and analysts, working in the area of public consultancy and advisory. They are able to identify and review different policy options and select the best available option. In their work they can integrate legal, social, cultural, political and financial aspects, while warranting the economic viability and sustainability of their policies through policy monitoring and evaluation, innovative thinking, strong quantitative skills and critical view.

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