Education & Training


Master of Science 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, we cooperate with the faculties of Maastricht University, partner universities and international organizations, like the International Labour Organization (ILO).


Joint PhD Programme in Economics and Governance

The PhD programme is a multidisciplinary programme offered by UNU-MERIT, providing advanced training in the knowledge and skills most relevant to policy analysis and the economics of technology and innovation. Built around core courses for all PhD fellows, the programme has two specializations leading to a PhD in Economics and Policy Studies of Technical Change at UNU-MERIT, or a PhD in Public Policy and Policy Analysis. During their first year, students complete a basic, compulsory training programme conducted by leading scholars of the host and partner universities. These courses are taught in Maastricht and spread across two semesters.


Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²)

Combining a PhD degree with a full-time job? The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) offers courses, seminars and workshops that support the ambitions and intensify the research and analytical skills of the fellows. The programme meets the needs and availability of researchers with a full-time/part-time job, allowing the participants to combine their careers with obtaining a PhD. The GPAC² programme is designed to provide advanced training in theory and skills that are crucial to policy analysis and design. The research fits into one of the School’s research themes. The key lecturers of the programme are leading scholars in the field of policy analysis and the related areas like governance, risk management, sustainable development and social protection. The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) is taught in English and consists of a common first year of training, followed by yearly workshops.


Online courses

UNU-MERIT provide courses for professionals and scholars from all over the world in policy analysis, risk assessment, policy design, policy monitoring, policy evaluation and methods and techniques of policy research. In order to accommodate the needs of the participants to the greatest extend, these courses can be offered entirely online, in a blended learning setup, or as a classical face-to-face course.