International Public Management - English - Full-time

We already know you like to stay on top of the global headlines and have a hunger to learn and solve global problems. That’s why you’re finding out about IPM. So, in year one, we’ll build on this and introduce you to current issues in economics, international law, sociology and public management. In year two, you’ll apply this knowledge to international and political cases in hands-on group projects. The last two years of the programme tackle challenges facing government institutions and multinationals. This is the focus of a research module in year three and your internship and thesis in year four.

Structure of International Public Management - English - Full-time



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in year one

Year 1

The first year is the introductory (propadeutic) year

Year one is the introductory year (propadeutic year). Year one is your chance to embrace a range of subjects and find out where your interests and passions lie.


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

Delve deeper


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


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

Internship and graduation


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


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Tailor-make your degree

Take a minor and give your degree that edge. You can choose from a long list of minors from any department - as long as you meet the entry requirements. Do you want to deepen your understanding of Chinese Economics and Culture, improve your knowledge of Global Citizenship or help developing countries improve exports in Development Cooperation? Or choose a minor at a partner institution in the Netherlands or abroad.

Working methods

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

We offer a balance of classroom teaching and practical group assignments, perfect if you are practical and hands-on. Our student organisation, Agora, organises additional trips and guest lectures and connects with 150 UNESCO partner universities around the globe. We also organise yearly visits to important institutions in Europe. 

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Contact the study

Get in touch with Elizabeth Joss at or  +31 (0)70 - 445 89 95 if you have any general questions about iPM, admission requirements and enrolment. For updates please like us on Facebook.

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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 to support you through the academic year. As well as acting as a general ‘go to’ person, they’ll help you develop your time management skills, provide general study advice and guide you with your career choices.

In year one, mentoring is part of the Professional Skills module, so it’s mandatory for you to meet your mentor regularly. During year two, mentoring doesn’t form part of the curriculum.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (ECTS). Some degree programmes also set other requirements to pass onto the second year of the course. This could, for example, be a specific subject that you must pass and that counts towards the 50 credits. 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. 

If you earn less than 50 credits and do not meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a binding negative study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Binding Negative 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 Programme and Examination Regulations for your degree programme.

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