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Public Policy and Governance (Political Science)


In the Master’s in Public Policy and Governance you will learn to critically analyse public policies in often controversial political settings. The programme focuses on both research and practice and links theory and practice by looking into interesting cases and inviting inspiring guest speakers.


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Study programme

The Public Policy and Governance track prepares students to meet demands for effective and legitimate public action in complex and often controversial political settings. The programme helps students develop as critical analysts and innovative designers by linking research and practice, theory and action on the ‘shop floor’ on the local, national, European, and international levels. Opportunities are provided to study policy work at and across these levels.

Academic staff

The staff teaching in the Public Policy and Governance programme is internationally renowned for its research excellence.


Students typically find a career in:

  • public organisations (governmental, as well as non-governmental organisations) 
  • policy advisory bureaus
  • consultancy firms
  • multi-nationals and other companies

Strong link between policy problems and ongoing social and political developments

Department of Political Science is the largest in the Netherlands

International student body

Is Public Policy and Governance for you?

  1. Are you interested in how problems become political and prompt public action? 
  2. Do you wonder about how the professionals and public officials responsible cope with the complex and changing demands that these problems set?
  3. Do you want to learn more about how learning and innovation develop as public policy is made and implemented?

Then Public Policy and Governance might be the track for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MSc Political Science
Regular study programme
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
Roeterseiland campus