Master's students Public Governance

Program and courses Public Governance: Public Administration, Economics and Law

You kick off your Master’s with getting to know your fellow students and teachers at a festive social event. You will be spending a lot of time with these people in the year to come. In the first months we will cover the governance basics. After that you can specialize and become an expert by choosing between the four themes related to public administration, law and economics. This will eventually lead to your Master's thesis.

Program structure

This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 6 core courses (36 ECTS)
  • 1 elective theme course (6 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis: seminar and thesis (18 ECTS)

Main intake moment: end of August. Secondary intake: end of January (conditions apply).

Program content

Core courses (36 ECTS)

Fall semester (End of August - January)

Core courses (6 courses)

Elective theme course (6 ECTS)

Spring semester (End of January - June)

The MSc Public Governance program structure allows you to focus on one of the following course themes by choosing a specific elective and writing your Master's Thesis about this theme. You can also opt to do an internship instead of (or in addition to) an elective. 

A. Governing the Transition to a Sustainable Society
B. Justice, Security, and the Governance of Risks
C. Governance for Health, Education, and Welfare
D. Democratic Governance and Digital Innovation

Master's thesis (18 ECTS)

Spring semester (End of January - June)

Master’s Thesis: seminar and thesis

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

Go to the course descriptions

Please Note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in Osiris Student at the start of the year.

Short overview of Public Governance; Public Administration, Economics and Law

Tackle complex and uncertain problems in the areas of governance and public administration on a local, regional and global level.

  • In order to make solid analyses you are trained to use both quantitative and qualitative methods and you will be experienced in taking responsibility in researching these complex and uncertain problems.
  • A governance perspective that is both global and local ensures you to learn from best practices in other countries - and to be able to apply these valuable skills later on as a professional.
  • Learn to co-create innovative governance solutions with fellow students, experts in the field and important stakeholders like citizens, non-state actors, and businesses.

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Interested in the MSc Public Governance?

- Are you always looking for alternative answers and solutions to challenging problems? - Are you on top of the latest news? - And do you want to look across borders? Then check your eligibility and the deadlines for application.