“MSc in Public Policy and Human Development Program” at Maastricht University, Netherlands

Scholarship in Art and Humanities , in Social Science
  • Netherlands The, Netherlands The
  • Apply Before : May 1, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 103700
  • Degree Master
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTSNot Required
  • Fields of study Public Policy and human development
  • Opportunity Type : Partially FundedSelf Funded
  • Duration One year
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Applications for the Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development Program 2024-25 are now open. This is a double-degree program of Maastricht University and United Nations University’s institute, UNU-MERIT. The starting point of the MPP program is to motivate students to understand the basic idea of good governance. The program focuses on how policy stakeholders can deal with public policy most effectively and efficiently. So, if you want to develop your knowledge and skills in the public policy area, this is a golden opportunity to grab.

Key Details

Application deadline:

  •  1 May 2024, 23:59 CET (for Non-EU students)
  • 1 June 2024 (for EU nationals)

Host University: Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University (UM)

Partner University: United Nations University (UNU)

Location: Netherlands

Degree Level: Master

Start of the Program: September 2024

Duration: One year


By studying the MPP program, you will gain:

  • Dual Diplomas: Upon completion, graduates receive two diplomas, one from Maastricht University and another from the United Nations University.
  • Financial Aid: Various scholarships and financial aid options are available to support students.
  • Diverse Learning Environment: Engage with peers and faculty from over 40 nationalities, fostering a rich and inclusive learning experience.
  • Personalized Support: Receive personalized teaching and guidance, including access to 1-on-1 sessions with the MPP Study Advisor.

Program Components

To customize their learning experience, students can select one of the following specializations for the spring semester:

  • Social Protection Policy (in cooperation with the ILO)
  • Migration Studies
  • Risk & Vulnerability (in cooperation with UNU-EHS)
  • Governance of Innovation
  • Global Governance for Development

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants from all nationalities are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates should have previously completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • The program is offered to various groups of students, ranging from bachelor’s students to mid-career professionals.
  • The university looks for students with a strong academic background, demonstrated commitment to public (international) affairs, and outstanding career growth and leadership potential.
  • Students must meet other requirements of the program and be able to get a visa and residence permit before the program starts.

How do you apply for Public Policy and Human Development?

Ready to Apply? Here’s What You Need to Know:

Phase 1: Studielink Application

  • Begin your application via Studielink, indicating your program choice and preferred start date.
  • Choose your starting moment accurately to align with the academic year.
  • You’ll receive an email within 24 hours with login details for the MyApplication portal.

Phase 2: Admission

  • Access the MyApplication portal to complete tasks for admission assessment.
  • Ensure timely completion of tasks and document uploads.
  • Your application dossier will be presented to the Board of Admissions upon completion.

Phase 3: Enrolment

  • Once offered a place, complete the enrollment tasks listed in the MyApplication portal.
  • Pay tuition fees promptly to secure your place.
  • Verify your diploma as per Dutch or non-Dutch diploma requirements.
  • Fulfill all application and enrollment tasks for successful enrollment.

Confirmation and Communication

  • Receive confirmation of enrolment through the MyApplication portal and Studielink.
  • Obtain login details for your UM email account, which will be used for further correspondence regarding your studies.
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Required documents

Please submit these application documents for your application:

  • Passport picture
  • Copy of passport or EU/EEA identity card
  • A recent copy of my CV.
  • Two recommendation letters from current or former professors and employers.
  • Copies of degree(s) and lists of grades (If necessary, translated into English by an official translation agency)
  • Motivation letter (400-500 words):
    • Please explain why you chose the program and convince the Board of Admissions of your ability to complete it successfully.
  • Essay (1000 words in Word/PDF with searchable text):
    • Choose one of the provided topics.
    • Ensure the essay adheres to the specified topic and question.
    • Note that plagiarism leads to automatic rejection.
    • Comply with referencing requirements.
    • Failure to meet these requirements results in automatic rejection of the application.

Documents sending address

Certified copies of your degree(s) and grades must be sent to our postal address and uploaded digitally:

Admission and Registration Office
Student Services Centre
Maastricht University
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht


Please refer to the official scholarship link for more information.


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