International Public Management - English - Full-time

At International Public Management (IPM) students learn by doing and adopt an entrepreneurial way of thinking, seeking the right answers along the way. We believe so much in this hands on learning approach, we emphasize the learning of key professional products that will help you learn the skills you will need to find a job and make a difference. In fact, this focus on hands on professional products has led us to allow you to graduate by choosing a professional products track or a thesis track.

The professional products track asks you to complete a total of 5 professional products (one in each category: evaluation, policy advice, advocacy, project based working, and organization and management) while completing your specializations or internships in year 3 and 4. If you still prefer to do a traditional bachelor thesis, you are free to do so, but this is no longer required for graduation.

Structure of International Public Management - English - Full-time



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in year one

Year 1

The first year is the introductory (propaedeutic) year. You’ll get to try your hand at a range of subjects and discover where your passions lie. We’ll help you understand how interconnected wicked problems develop and give you the tools and skills to tackle them. You’ll roll up your sleeves and start to get stuck into law, economics, public policy-making, human rights, conflict resolution and more.


Semester 1
Professional English
Professional Skills (mentoring)
Research Skills
Comparative Politics
Project 1.1
Modern History and International Institutions
Introduction to Economics
Introduction to Law
Global Sociology 1
Introduction to Public Administration
Semester 2
Professional English
Professional Skills (mentoring)
Project 1.2
Public Policy Making 1: Analysing Policy Processes
Public Policy Making 2: Designing Policy
International Law
Civil War and Conflict Studies
Financial Management 1
Human Rights Law and Conflict Resolution
Organisation and Management 1
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Year 2

In year 2 you’ll get to try your hand at a range of subjects and discover where your passions lie. You’ll work hands-on in small teams and start to experience our rich international community - both in our diverse classroom and The Hague.


Semester 3
Advanced Professional English
Dealing with Data
Economics and Policy 1
Peace and Economy Building
Global Sociology 2
Economics and Policy 2
Intercultural Communication
Conflict Negotiation, Mediation and Resolution
Conference Project Proposal
Project Management
Semester 4
Advanced Professional English
Conference Project Plan and Pitch
Governmental Accounting
Ethical and Moral Standards
Organisation and Management 2
Comparative Public Administration
Project Event and Evaluation
Human Resource Management
International Economic Relations

Year 3

In year 3 and 4 you’ll get the opportunity to specialize in a specific field, wicked problem, or professional role or be a generalist. During these 2 years, you’ll be able to draft your own learning path by choosing specific specializations, minors, and internships.

Here you will find the cool specializations we just put together that you can choose from:

  • Focus on European governance and study trips to Brussels;
  • Work on peace building and human rights strategies with existing organizations and developing an impact campaign and documentary with professional equipment;
  • Starting your own nonprofit organization and advising existing nonprofits on how to improve their important work in the nonprofit management;
  • Learning about global governance (especially from the global south) from practitioners from across the world in Global Governance and Development.


Semester 5
Ten-week internship
Semester 6
Data Research
Policy Advice Skills
Financial Management 2
Financial Management 3
European Public Management 1: EU History, Treaties and Institutions
European Public Management 2: EU Institutions, Law and Policy Processes
European Public Management 3: EU Research
European Public Management 4: EU Internal Policies

Year 4

In year 4 you’ll have the opportunity to choose between a professional product track or a thesis track to be eligible for graduation. Your mentor will guide you throughout year 3 and 4 to help you make the right choice for you. See what our lecturer Hector Lara has to say about it.

With the professional product you can make a transition to a Masters Degree. Do you know we have a partnership with Leiden University?


Semester 7
Study Group Thesis 1
Study Group Thesis 2
Thesis, Policy Advice and Assessment
Semester 8
Literature Review
Performance Management Research in the Public Sector
Advanced Policy Advice Skills
Study Group Thesis 1
Study Group Thesis 2
Thesis, Policy Advice and Assessment

Your lecturers

Andrew Pearce


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Jikke Verheij

Hector Lara

Dr. Roeland Audenaerde


Dennis Petri

Burak Fici

Lieneke van IJzendoorn


Rik-Jan Brinkman


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Enes Akin

Leo Huizinga


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Theo Zijderveld


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Ron Crijns


Indra Spronk


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Jumi van der Velde


Shana Atangana Bekono

Mario Villalba Ferreira

Willemijn Dortant

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Kim Xie

On many directions

Bauke van der Molen

On different activities

Guna Alvika

On practical and theoretical knowledge

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Tailor-make your degree

Take a minor and give your degree that extra cutting edge. You can take your pick from a long list of minors offered by other THUAS departments, partner institutions in the Netherlands or abroad if you meet the entry requirements. Minors relevant to IPM include:
Making Peace Not War: Sustainable Peace and Conflict Resolution
In this minor we look at causes of conflict, responses to conflict, crucial institutions in peacebuilding and the lesser-known players, indigenous groups, women, civil society and youth.

Globalisation, Governance and Development

Whenever scientists and political leaders talk about humanity’s situation and outlook, the chances are they’ll explicitly or implicitly refer to globalisation, governance and development. This minor helps understand their meanings, theories and trends.

Influencing Public Policy
How do you give citizens and organisations a voice, or make sure that siloed public officials listen to policies? This minor looks at using collective bargaining and campaigning to fix public policies.

Peacebuilding, Justice and Human Rights
In this minor you’ll compare and contrast the more traditional state-oriented, top-down approaches to peacebuilding with regional, local and indigenous practices, then put them into practice.

Challenges to European Governance 
This minor explores EU policy from a multi-level governance perspective. We’ll look at the impact of EU policy at municipal, national and international levels.

Working methods

Lectures, seminars, study visits, self-study, group activities and project work

We’ll teach you how to unravel the big issues with practical know-how, both in the classroom and on group assignments. Our student organisation, Agora, organises trips and guest lectures, connecting with 150 UNESCO partner universities around the globe. We also organise yearly visits to important European institutions.

Contact the programme

Do you have questions about International Public Management or would you like to receive more information? We are happy to help you.

  • Questions about the IPM programme? Please e-mail
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  • Studying in The Hague? Get in touch with our students Kevin and Bas.
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    Assistance during your studies

    Professional skills, mentoring and additional support

    In years one and two, you’ll be paired up with a mentor (a lecturer from the IPM department) to support you through the academic year. As well as being your ‘go to’ person, they’ll help you develop your time management skills, provide general study advice and guide your career choices. In year one, mentoring is part of the Professional Skills module, so it’s mandatory to meet your mentor regularly.

    Collect ECTS
    To continue your IPM programme after the first year, you must earn 50 of the 60 available credits (EC or credits). In some cases, we may also require you to pass a specific subject as the European part of the credit requirements. We call this a ‘qualitative requirement’. If you meet the credit requirements and qualitative requirement, you’ll receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of year one and you’ll be able to continue your studies.

    If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements, you’ll receive a negative binding study advice (NBSA) and will have to leave the degree programme. 

    Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances, such as illness or practicing a professional sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board of any changes in personal circumstances immediately. The board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.

    Read all the binding study advice rules in Chapter 7 of the accountancy-oer-2018-2019.

    Collect ECTS

    Binding Study Advice (BSA)

    To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (EC or Credits). In some cases, the degree programme may also require that you pass a specific subject as pEuropean art of the credit requirements. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year and you will be able to continue your degree programme.

    If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA). 

    Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.

    Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Education and Examination Rules and Regulations (OER) for your degree programme.

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