International Public Management - English - Full-time

During the IPM programme, you’ll learn how to think critically to create tangible and effective solutions to ultimately improve the wellbeing of citizens and the environment.
In year one, you’ll engage in a range of subjects required in IPM, including economics, international law, sociology, public management and more. In year two, you’ll begin to apply your knowledge in projects and case studies addressing international political cases. The last two years of the programme you’ll tackle the current environment where government institutions and multinationals struggle. The programme culminates in an applied research project in year three and an 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 foundation (propaedeutic) year


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

Year 2

Delve deeper


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

Year 3


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

Year 4

Internship and graduation


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


Tailor-make your degree

IPM students can enter the workforce with an additional specialisation, or minor. You can choose from the long list of minors on offer from all departments at THUAS, as long as you meet the entry requirements for your chosen minor. You might, for example, want to deepen your understanding of Chinese Economics and Culture, improve your knowledge of Global Citizenship or even help facilitate developing countries in their exporting endeavours in the Development Cooperation minor. A list of up to date minors is available upon request. Additionally, you may be interested in pursuing a minor abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Working methods

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

THUAS offers a balance of traditional classroom teaching and practical group assignments, perfect if you are practical and hands-on.

We also provide additional learning opportunities via our student organisation, Agora, which is active in the department and organises trips and guest lectures. It often connects with our 150 UNESCO partner universities around the globe.

The IPM department also plans study trips to important institutions in our field in Europe.  

Contact the study

If you have any further questions about admission requirements, enrolment or IPM in general, please e-mail Jasper van Koppen at or give him a call: +31 (0)70 - 445 7170
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Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

On the IPM programme, you’ll be allocated a mentor (in the form of a teacher) to discuss your study progress. He/she can help you improve your time-management skills, give general study advice and guide you career development. He/she will be your general contact for the programme.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

If you haven’t acquired the basics needed to continue the degree programme of your choice, you will have a hard time completing it successfully. To make sure that you have these basics, you will have to meet an academic progress standard during your first year as a student (the foundation year). If you have earned at least 50 of the 60 credits (or, if relevant, have satisfied a qualitative requirement), the Examination Board will give you a positive binding study advice to continue your degree programme. In most cases, if you earn fewer than 50 credits, you will receive a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA) and you will have to leave the degree programme.

But the Examination Board will always consider personal circumstances. These could include illness or participating in elite sports: personal conditions that might have kept you from meeting the required academic standard. In such cases, the Examination Board can postpone giving its study advice. This means that you can continue your degree programme for the time being and that your study advice will be issued later, possibly with additional conditions imposed.
It is important, however, that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal conditions that might apply to you.

In conclusion: every student is responsible for his or her own academic progress. For this reason, make sure to contact your academic career coach early on if things are not going well. Read all the rules and requirements for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.

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