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Public Policy and Governance

This minor introduces students to the field of public policy against the background of societal change. Policies may be understood as deliberate attempts at influencing the dynamics in society. Politics can be seen as struggles about the formulation, implementation and change of policies. Governments hold specific institutionalized powers to manage such struggles. They often do this in close collaboration with citizens, businesses, NGOs, social movements and other actors.

For whom?

Students who are interested in:

  • Societal changes.
  • Policy issues that are relevant to their main study.
  • A position in the public administration or non-profit or organizations.

This minor is set up as a dual language programme, which means that Dutch language students can decide to take some of the tutorials in Dutch and are allowed to write in Dutch. However, it is possible that if too few Dutch language students register for courses the Dutch language tutorials are cancelled and all teaching is in English.

  • Introduction to Public Policy and Governance
  • Core module - Public policy and governance
  • Restricted-choice electives: Electives
Read more in the Course Catalogue

Related Master's programme

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to the Master's programme in Public Policy and Governance (Political Science). Always check the entry requirements of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

Completed first year of a bachelor’s programme. A completed first year of applied sciences (HBO) does not grant access to the minor.


International exchange students are contacted by their programme coordinator regarding enrollment.

Students from Dutch universities can enroll the following way:

  • Students from other Dutch universities can register as a guest student at the UvA via Studielink. 
  • To enrol in this minor programme please fill out the application form on the minor page of the digital UvA Course Catalogue
  • Register for the minor courses in SiS
Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
Location Roeterseiland campus