The International Public Management programme prepares students for a career as a policy maker or project, operational or support manager. Graduates will be ready to work in an organisation that deals with complex, international public issues, for example, global warming, trade, peace and security, and human rights. In the last two years of the programme, they spend time working in an organisation dealing with real, international issues.
The entire study programme revolves around the four basic disciplines that make up Public Administration – political science, economics, law and sociology – supported by research skills, professional English skills, and study career advising. During the first year you will cover subjects such as Public Administration, Organization and Management, Reasoning and Research Skills, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Economics, Global Sociology, International Law, Civil War and Conflict Studies, Financial Management, International Peacebuilding and Human Rights Law and Conflict Resolution.
During the second year you will develop the knowledge and skills that are required in your professional career, and work in teams on group projects that are based on real situations. You will cover subjects such as Governmental Accounting, Ethical and Moral Standards, Organizational Management, Human Resources Management, Economics, Global Sociology, International Trade, Transforming War Economies, Peace, Negotiation and Mediation and Intercultural Communication.
The last two years of the programme involve working on real cases, e.g. for a government organisation or multi-national corporation. You will cover subjects such as European Public Management, Financial Management, E-governance, Research Skills, World History, Performance Management, International Political Economy, Human Security and Strategic Management.
English language skills
Since our international Bachelor programmes are taught entirely in English, you will need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. Bachelor candidates who were educated in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada (except for Quebec!), Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, need not take an English proficiency test. All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Cambridge ESOL (CAE/CPE) certificate to the Enrolment Centre.
In addition to governments, there are all types of international companies and organisations that need people who can combine management experience with specific knowledge of government policy.
You can become a policy officers and work on producing recommendations. Government organisations ask for policy recommendations to help solve all kinds of societal problems. Policy officers write up policy recommendations, weigh up different options and organise debates and discussions. In this role you act as a networker and negotiator, trying to find solutions that are acceptable to everybody.
You can also become a project manager. Practically all organisations need people who can manage large-scale projects, setting clear goals and results. National or international organisations – the choice is yours.
There is also an option of becoming an operations manager, who is responsible for running entire departments, individual company or organisational units or specific sections of implementing agencies, e.g. as the team leader of a spatial planning department. You need a good head for figures and must know how to manage people.
Many major government departments have a section devoted to providing advice on operations management. People who work in this department identify problem areas and advise the management on how processes can be organised more efficiently. This type of position requires consultancy skills and an affinity for structure.