About the programme

Research Master Public Administration and Organisational Science

The research Master in Public Administration and Organisational Science comprises three pillars. The first pillar contains the core theoretical themes in the fields of Public Administration and Organisation Science, such as public policy, public management, bureaucracy and public service, and human resource management. These courses connect classic theories to cutting edge research. Students both develop knowledge about theories and learn to apply them in research. It offers room to develop your personal interests through a tailor-made tutorial.

The second pillar consists of a broad range of philosophy of science and research methods courses. These courses will focus both on high control designs such as experimental and survey research as on low control designs such as case studies and field research. The programme will provide you with the broad basis that is needed for researchers in this field. We offer various choices in this pillar so that you can choose the modules that are most valuable to you.

The third pillar consists of both applied and fundamental research projects, resulting in a (smaller) group thesis at the end of the first year and a (larger) individual thesis at the end of the second year. A policy-oriented research project typically involves a specific organisation or policy problem. The aim of the project is to offer advice on a current issue, and this requires you to conduct research in a real-life setting. A theory-oriented research project involves the writing of an academic article or the formulation of a detailed PhD proposal, which can serve as the basis for a future PhD project. (Please note that completing this Master's programme does not automatically guarantee you a PhD position).

Curriculum

The programme takes 24 months to complete (120 ECTS) and starts in September each year. A two-year programme is necessary in order to meet the requirements of the Research Master's Programme in the field of Public Administration and Organisational Science, theoretical competence and methodological expertise leading up to a research project, and a master's thesis that complies with the standards of an international publication.
The classes will take place at all campuses, but most of the classes are given at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG), located in the heart of Utrecht. All courses will be taught in English. Please find an overview of the courses of the master programme below. For a description of the courses visit the website of Utrecht University.

Year 1

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Core themes and modern classics 1: Public Administration Core themes and modern classics 2: Public organisations and professionals Tutorial Craft of research workshop I: Contexts, roles and strategies
Philosophy of science Designing research in social sciences Method workshop 1: High control design Applied research track
    Workshop survey designs or workshop experimental design  
The curriculum is subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information (including the information via the links).

Year 2

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Core themes and modern classics 3: Transforming public governance

Methods workshop 2: Low control design

Workshop: Interpretative research or comparative and case study research
Research and master thesis track Research and master thesis track
  Craft of research workshop 2: Analysis and persuasion    
  Electives    
The curriculum is subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information (including the information via the links).