Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy

Deadline: 4 January 2012
Open to: Outstanding students from within and outside the EU
Scholarship: Cover tuition fees and living costs

The Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) is a 2-year-long international Masters course funded by the European Commission. The European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus program provides scholarships to outstanding students from within and outside the European Union to attend Mundus MAPP and to visiting scholars to participate in teaching and research. The Consortium universities also support these students by offering partial tuition fee waivers to Erasmus Mundus scholarship recipients. Mundus MAPP equips graduates with the conceptual knowledge and hard skills that are necessary for understanding and decisively intervening in contemporary transnational policy problems, from climate change to international terrorism or financial regulatory failure. It provides a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes and public policies operate and interact from the global political economy through to national and local levels with a direct focus on European engagements at these levels of governance. Inter-disciplinarity and practical application of conceptual knowledge are hallmarks of Mundus MAPP.

Four leading European universities joined forces to deliver Mundus MAPP: Central European University in Budapest (Hungary), Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Spain), the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in the Hague (Netherlands), and the University of York (UK). Building on Mundus MAPP’s successful track record, the integrated curriculum provides a uniform core of policy studies as well as modules specific to particular mobility tracks, drawn predominantly from the fields of International Relations, European Studies and Development Studies. The four mobility tracks allow students to specialise in Political Economy and Development, Governance and Development, and European and Global Public Policy, respectively. Each mobility track includes a field trip to a relevant public sector organisation and an internship.

Mundus MAPP’s unique combination of strong conceptual foundations with practice and policy-oriented learning will provide graduates with transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge for embarking on or furthering professional careers as policy-makers, policy-analysts and advisors in the civil service, international organisations or the corporate and non-governmental sectors, and for enrolling in doctoral programs in a range of relevant subjects. Mundus MAPP graduates will have a thorough knowledge of European policy making milieus and solid institutional and personal networks that will take them forward to leadership roles and constructive future engagements within Europe and the rest of the world.


Mundus MAPP is open to both European and overseas (third country national) students. Erasmus Mundus scholarships are provided for the best eligible applicants by the European Commission.

Minimum requirements are:

  • Bachelors degree (completed at least 3 years of undergraduate study);
  • Fluency in English
  • High motivation and interest in European and international public policy.
  • Although Spanish is no longer a requirement for mobility tracks involving IBEI, basic knowledge of Spanish is recommended as some electives will only be available in Spanish.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with relevant work experience.

You can find more information on the admission requirements here.


In the 2011-13 study period, the Erasmus Mundus Category A scholarship is EUR 24,000 for one  year and EUR 48,000 in total, and the Category B scholarship is EUR 10,000 for one year and EUR  20,000 in total. The scholarship is intended to cover tuition fees and living costs while students are  enrolled in Mundus MAPP.

For more information financial information check the Program.


Prospective students are requested to submit an on-line application form by January 4, 2012, 24:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST) in order to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus Category A or B scholarship.
The on-line application form is available at
You are advised not to submit your application last minute, as the on-line system might be overloaded at the time of the application deadlines.

Mundus MAPP requires the following attachments which are part of the application  form:

  1. Two official letters of recommendation;
  2. Electronic version of all higher education academic records;
  3. Full curriculum vitae or resume;
  4. Statement of purpose – part of the on-line application form;
  5. Proof of English proficiency.

Download this document for detailed information on the admissions process.

Masters Program in Public Policy

The Official Webpage