2.3 Structure and coherence of programme content

Broad overview. A year is divided in two semesters and four quartiles. Each quartile is associated with a maximum of three courses of 5 EC. The programme has 25 EC mandatory core courses, 10 EC elective domain profile courses, and 25 EC thesis work. The profile courses and thesis work together comprise the specialized interdisciplinary domain profile.

Two enrolment moments. Students can enrol to start the programme in September and in February. The core courses are not cumulative, since their offer is different for each enrolment moment. Nevertheless, the curriculum design warrants that all students in a year-cohort together participate in all core courses. The core course on Academic Research is offered twice per academic year for each enrolment moment. The diagram illustrates that work on the mandatory core courses and the selected domain profile is well-balanced over the year.

Core of the curriculum. The core of the curriculum consists of five core courses and thesis work. Please note that the core course of Academic Research and the thesis work are specifically geared towards the chosen domain profile of the student. The table below presents an overview of the content of the curriculum core.

Core courses

Q1 (September), 5 EC
Teacher: Torenvlied

Crisis management in technological domains

This core course focuses on the ways how public organizations can increase their resilience, and crises are managed by governments.

Q1 (September), 5 EC
Teacher: Long

Policy-making for complex systems

This core course focuses on policymaking for complex, nonlinear societal challenges.

Q3 (February), 5 EC
Teacher: Klok

Public governance and policy networks

This core course focuses on modes of governance in different types of interdependent, networked environments

Q3 (February), 5 EC
Teacher: Pessoa

Public governance and legitimacy

This core course focuses on governance in a rapidly transforming world of digitalization, globalization, and democratic innovation.

Thesis preparation and Thesis work

Q2/Q4, 5 EC
Teacher: Klok, Junjan

Academic Research

This core course, offered as a master class, results in an elaborated framework for the master thesis work.

25 EC
All teaching faculty

Master thesis work (manual)

Students work under supervision of a first supervisor on their master thesis research.

The first four core courses translate the sub-fields of Public Administration into urgent contemporary questions: public governance into questions of digitalization and societal transformation and interdependent, networked environments; public policy into questions of complex systems and non-linearity; public management into questions of resilience and crisis management. The core course on Academic research, and the thesis work, integrate the perspective of Public Administration with students’ chosen domain profile.