Programme overview

International Public Management and Public Policy

The study programme in a nutshell

Climate change, terrorism, corruption, poverty and inequality: all these collective problems of our times have an international character. In order to deal effectively with these and similar problems, nation-states need to increase their own capacities through regulatory and administrative reform. In addition, they need to learn from each other and collaborate in international organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union.

The master programme International Public Management and Public Policy (IMP) is a one-year graduate programme that stimulates students to navigate the increasingly multinational and international nature of public management and public policy-making. It provides them with the scientific theories, concepts, and tools needed to analyse this international and multi-level environment. Furthermore, it equips them with knowledge and professional skills relevant to public careers with an international dimension.

How can global problems like poverty...

...and climate change be tackled?

UN meetings: how are global problems discussed and solutions negotiated?

Mode of education

Each core course is composed of a series of lectures, sometimes accompanied by smaller working groups. The lectures present the main theoretical and empirical insights about the topic of the course, while providing ample opportunity for interactive discussions, group work and practical work with data. Our courses have a wide variety in assessment methods, including exams but also papers, (poster) presentations and other (group) assignments. The aim of the practical assignments is to teach you how to analyse and apply theoretical insights in real world. No navel gazing, just real world analysis!

The programme

The curriculum of the master programme in IMP consists of various components that equip you with the concepts, tools and theories that you need to analyse complex, multi-level international issues. The skills you learn will contribute to finding solutions for transnational challenges.

The programme contains 4 blocks and offers a varied set of modules, seminars, simulations, working group sessions as well as guest lectures. It includes an extensive professional development component. You will visit international and European institutions in Geneva and Brussels to familiarise yourself with their work. You will also receive a training in basic negotiation skills during our negotiation simulation. This training is given by internationally renowned specialists. In addition, we organise meetings with a coach to help you prepare for job search. You will train to use various skills, for instance, how to pitch yourself during networking, how to write a CV and how to improve your LinkedIn presence.

While COVID-19 posed a challenge to the established mode of education, we provide modern hybrid forms combining state-of-the-art remote and in-person education. In this way, we can continue offering excellent education while fully respecting the guidelines set by public health authorities and government agencies.

Please bear in mind that the following curriculum reflects the current academic year. Adjustments to the curriculum and descriptions of courses may be added in the course of the year; a definitive curriculum will be presented here from June for the following academic year. 


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