Joëlle van der Meer, student Public Administration and Organisational Sciences

It's a challenging Master that gives you practical experience and a critical attitude
Joëlle van der Meer

After my bachelor Public Administration, at Erasmus University, I decided to participate in the Research Master Public Administration and Organisational Sciences, since I was very interested in research subjects. In addition, it was very appealing to me that this programme is organised in two years, instead of one year. As a student, you have more time to develop your research skills towards the specific subjects you are interested in. Another interesting aspect of the Research Master is the cooperation between six Universities. You get the opportunity to get in contact with professors, who are all specialized in a certain area of Public Administration. The contact between professors and students is very informal and there are many possibilities to have individual interaction with professors. This was very helpful for me to discover my own interests into the developments on the labour market. There are small and interactive classes and because of the study trip at the beginning of the year, the group became very close. Everyone in our group is very motivated and has a critical attitude, which I learned a lot from.

This Master programme is also known as a challenging Master, but in my experience, it definitely rewards. Within the programme, you have to manage your own research projects, but you are also forced to work together with students on different assignments. For example, we conducted applied research for a ‘real client’, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Hence, this Master gave me much practical experience and a critical attitude. These skills are very useful now during my internship at a research Institute, since it does not only gave me the necessary academic experience, but also to obtain a career into the field of consultancy, policy making and beyond.