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What will I learn?

The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) offers a programme that supports the ambitions and intensifies the research and analytical skills of fellows. The training programme invites GPAC² fellows to join the stimulating and challenging research community of UNU-MERIT and it’s School of Governance.

GPAC² meets the needs and availability of working professionals and researchers with full- or part-time jobs, allowing them to combine their careers with obtaining a PhD. The programme is designed to provide advanced training in the theory and skills crucial to policy analysis and design. The research that participants will focus on fits into one of the School’s research themes. The key lecturers of the programme are leading scholars in the field of policy analysis and the related areas like governance, social protection, migration, growth and development, technology and innovation.

The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) is taught in English and consists of a first year with three training workshops, followed by two progress workshops a year.

The objective of the programme is to support fellows in setting up, carrying out and finishing a research project leading to a PhD, alongside a regular job. Please note that GPAC² participants will not be employed by Maastricht University.

GPAC² workload

The first year of the programme requires participants to undertake part-time research and study activities during the year. The workload includes three workshops of two weeks in Maastricht (six weeks in total), as well as activities in-between workshops. We estimate the workload for the first year training during the workshops full time, and about 10 hours a week in between workshops. (About 16 weeks full time equivalent a year). In the following years fellows are required to attend two full time workshops of one week each in Maastricht, to participate in progress presentations, research discussions skills training and master classes. Time investment during the period working home is flexible, depending on each individual situation.

We expect the fellows to finish their PhD proposal after one year. The PhD research project on average takes four to five years, depending on the time fellows can spend on their research and on their research expertise before joining the programme.

The training programme consists of the following main elements:

Year one: a basic training programme in year one of the programme, provided in Maastricht. This basic training programme consists of three visiting periods of two weeks each. Course modules are compulsory for all fellows and will be assessed by the tutors. Basic courses are obligatory for all participants, specialisation courses allow for a personal choice.

All subsequent years: Two workshops of one week per year, jointly with all higher year GPAC² cohorts at the School. The workshop programme includes fellow presentations, with reviewer discussions, progress meetings, skills workshops, seminars and master classes.

Voluntary participation in online course modules, offered with tutor assistance in for instance governance and political science, statistics, mathematics, economics, impact evaluation, social protection, human development, migration, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Career prospects

The interdisciplinary approach of the Dual Career PhD programme in Governance and Policy Analysis gives graduates the skills to function as a professional in many challenging environments. However, as GPAC² fellows already are employed during the programme, they most often continue their employment or advance their career path after graduation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 to 5 Years)

Tuition fees
EUR 8,000 for year one; EUR 6,000/year for Subsequent years
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

More details

Start date

Expected March 2023

Venue

Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,

MAASTRICHT,

Limburg,

6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field including: economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, or business administration. Basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics, measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience. Basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law, measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience. Proficiency in English, with a minimum level of 600 PBT / 240 CBT / 100 IBT for the TOEFL or 7.0 for the IELTS.

For international students

Applicants must have

  • a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field such as economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, business administration, health sciences or public health
  • basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics measured by reviewing the content and grades of previous studies and/or the content and level of working experience
  • basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law measured by reviewing the content and grades of previous studies and/or the content and level of working experience

The minimum level accepted is 600 PBT, 100 ICT or 240 CBT (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS). Native speakers and students who have received their bachelor’s or master’s education in English are exempted.

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