The programme consists of three parts:
Part 1 - Core courses
In the first and third quarter you will follow core courses aimed at giving you insight in the modern state of affairs for Public Administration. These courses, such as Policy Networks, deal with the core of what Public Administration is: coping with today’s societal challenges together with institutions and citizens. In another core course, Governance and Legitimacy, you will learn what modern democracy, or the lack of it, is about and how we can improve things in this area. In the field of Public Management, the emphasis is not as much on what a state should do, but how to do it the right way. The Social Problems course tries to establish a link between theory and practice, science and governance and policy-making, in the world of social problems that we encounter in our everyday lives.
These core courses will help you develop the core competences needed in modern Public Administration. To make sure you will use this knowledge in a way that is geared towards your interests, you can choose a profile.
- Public management: research and applications
- Social problems
- Academic research
- Public governance and policy networks
- Public governance and legitimacy
Part 2 – Profile courses
The second part of the Master’s programme consists of a profile of two courses. The purpose of these is to help you gain knowledge in a field you are interested in. Well-known examples are sustainability, public safety and modern communication, but a broader profile touching on civil engineering or information technology, for example, is also possible. While Part 1 of the programme will help you gain the necessary core knowledge, Part 2 offers you the room for getting a bit more creative and making connections you may not have thought of before. You can find some examples of profiles here:
- Profile: Communication Media, with a course in Innovative Digital Public Services and a course in Social Implications Of The Internet.
- Profile: Corporate Communication, with a course in Public Affairs and one in Reputation Management.
- Profile: Safety and Security, with a course in Public and Private Policing and a course in Public Safety.
- Profile: Sustainability, with a course in Economic Methods Of Sustainability Assessment and a course in Environmental Policy.
- Profile: Health Care, with a course in Community and Public Health Systems and course in A Multi-Stakeholder Approach in Public Health.
- Profile: Science and Technology, with a course in Policy Analysis in Public and Technological Domains and a course in Deliberative Governance of Knowledge and Innovation.
- Profile: Regulation and Innovation, with a course in Risk Regulation and a course in Smart Rules and Regimes.
- Profile: Higher Education, with a course in Issues in Higher Education Policy.
- Profile (in Dutch) Lokaal en Regionaal bestuur. Read more information in Dutch.
Part 3 – master’s thesis
In addition to the core courses and profile courses, you will work on a Master’s thesis on a topic of your own choice. You will carry out the research required for your thesis at a national or international organization, or at one of our university’s research departments.
You will work with professionals and have the opportunity to integrate your knowledge and various research techniques, while also applying them to practical problems. You will complete your MSc studies by writing, presenting and defending your Master’s thesis.