About the programme

Master in International Public Management and Policy

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

MSc in International Public Management and Policy (IMP) is a one-year graduate program that seeks to make students aware of the increasingly multinational and international nature of public management and public policy-making; to provide them with the scientific theories, concepts, and tools needed for analysing this international multi-level 'space', and to equip them with knowledge and experiences relevant to public careers with international dimension.

International Public Management and Policy is a truly international programme. The infograph below shows all nationalities of the admitted programme applicants of the year 2016-2017.


The curriculum of the Master programme in International Public Management and Policy is built in a way that enables you to learn about the concepts, tools and theories that are needed for analysing complex, multi-level and international issues with the eventual goal of being able to support overcoming trans-border challenges.

The programme is composed of 4 blocks and offers you a varied set of modules, seminars, simulations, working group sessions, and a series of guest lectures. The programme includes an extensive professional development component. You will visit international and European institutions in Geneva and in Brussels to get familiar with their work. You will also get basics of negotiation skills during our negotiation simulation, conducted by internationally-renowned specialists. We also organise meetings with a coach to help you prepare for job search – from basics such as how to pitch yourselves in networking, to CV training, to LinkedIn presence

Please mind that the following curriculum is representative of the current academic year. Adjustments to the curriculum and descriptions of courses will be added in the course of the year; a definitive curriculum can be seen by the spring of the current academic year. 

Block 1
Sept– Nov

Block 2
Nov– Jan

Block 3
Jan – March 

Block 4
March – May 


Study trip to Geneva


Final Research Project 


Global Governance

International Organisations 
and Development


Professional Development II:
Preparation Labour Market

2.5 ECTS

Comparative Public Policy

International Public Management


European Union Policy-Making

Europe in the World

Final Research Project (Proposal)


Professional Development I: Research Design

(block 2 & 3)

2.5 ECTS

Total study load: 60 ECTS

* At the start of the programme there is an introduction day. 

The curriculum is subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information (including the information via the links). 

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. In the tutorials, students learn to analyse and apply these insights by discussing and presenting various assignments in small groups.