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Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 3 months
University rank #127 (WUR) Maastricht, Netherlands
Policymaking is a complicated business. Decisions have to be made quickly or secretly, based on limited knowledge or expertise, while covering wide briefs and remaining in force for a number of years. The stakes are high, so preparation is essential. 
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To answer these pressing needs, our Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM) course aims to equip participants with the fundamental tools for designing and analysing evidence-based research.

EPRM trains participants in:

  • Transating policy issues into research questions
  • Analysing qualitative and / or quantitative data
  • Grasping the state-of-the-art in a particular field
  • Designing, writing and disseminating proposals for evidence-based research, either in the workplace or in a broader research environment

This programme is for working professionals who are keen to improve their research skills, but unable to leave their job for a longer period. The programme assumes participants will spend a significant amount of time on the course in parallel with their regular job. We target researchers from academic institutions and policymakers in either developing or developed countries who want to strengthen their research skills and output. EPRM can serve as capacity building for staff in universities, research units within businesses, NGOs, ministries, think tanks and international organisations. Two recent participants, for example, work at the WHO and the UNAMID peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

Essentially, the programme fills the gap between a Master’s degree and a research career or academic PhD education. After completion of this programme, participants are better equipped to engage in research activities or, indeed, to apply for a full PhD programme. Overall, our course covers research skills that transcend different disciplines, so all qualified participants are welcome. However, in order to guarantee specialised feedback by professors and researchers proposal writing, we recommend applicants to review ongoing research activities at our host Institute.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    You can apply either for the full programme or for specific modules. Each module has a different application deadline.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 3 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Participants have the option of signing up to the whole programme (14 weeks/5 modules) or individual modules (one of more selected modules).

  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Modules include:
  • Module 1: Research Design
  • Module 2: Proposal development
  • Module 3: Specialisation Course
  • Module 4: Research Analysis
  • (Optional) Recap Analysis with Tutor:
  • Module 5: Academic writing, Proposal presentation, and Research dissemination


The programme assumes participants will be able to spend a significant amount of time on the courses, yet does not expect the participants to stop with their work but rather to combine the training with the job. We target researchers from academic institutions or policy makers in developing or developed countries seeking to strengthen their research competencies and outputs.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Participants are required to hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field of specialisation, including Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, International Relations, Governance, Law, Business Administration and Social Sciences, Engineering, Sociology.
  • Since our aim is to provide the best training and supervision, we refer you to our research websites for more detailed information on our topics of interest and specialisation.

Language Requirements

  • Adequate level of spoken and written English.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or whose previous education has been in a language other than English, must submit evidence of proficiency in the English language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3500 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3500 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
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  • The tuition fee for the full programme (14 weeks/5 Modules, including the optional Recap Course) is 4,000 Euro.

Living costs for Maastricht

  • 700 - 1170 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The EPRM programme is registered with the following scholarship programmes:

  • Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)
  • STUNED Scholarship Programme
  • MENA Scholarship Programme 

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