Master's in International Development & Public Policy

The Program

Master’s in International Development and Public Policy

The Master’s in International Development & Public Policy responds to the demand for applied training in the fields of Public Policy and Development, tailored to attract high quality international students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, from the social sciences and humanities, to economics, political science, and engineering. 

Students will be exposed to the fields of economics, management, political science, and quantitative methods, with direct application to Public Policy and Development. At the same time, students will develop an empirical approach to applied issues through Policy Analysis Project (PAP). 

The degree program aims to provide a sustainable response to the needs of decision makers by providing them with analytical skills, awareness, and personal development at an appropriate level to support the performance of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including companies, in demanding and diverse socio-economic contexts. 

Candidates Profile

From different bachelor's backgrounds: from management and economics, passing through international relations or other social sciences, till engineering or other analytical degrees. Candidates with limited quantitative skills, might need to complete bridging courses in August.

Keen on learning the questions behind public policies.

Strong international vocation, bringing future leaders from a wide range of contexts to Nova SBE.

That aspire to know more on economics for policymakers, with an important management component.

That aim at helping leaders to have a meaningful impact in their communities.

Young practitioners in organizations with a public policy dimension, with high potential and willing to enrich their knowledge and practical approach on international development and public policy.

Week 1 (@ Nova SBE) 

  • Discovery Week

1st Semester (30 ECTS) 

  • Mandatory Courses
  • Electives
  • Field Lab
  • Skill Modules
  • Seminars 
  • Career Development Program – Mastering Your Career
  • Mentoring Program

2nd Semester (30 ECTS) 

  • Mandatory Courses
  • Electives
  • Field Lab
  • Seminars
  • Skill Modules                     

3rd Semester (30 ECTS)

  • Work Project

* Please note that for the academic year of 2022/23 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Development Economics I 
  • Development Economics II 
  • International Relations and Organizations 
  • Management 
  • Markets, Incentives, and Behaviour 
  • Policy Analysis Exercise 
  • Policy Appraisal 
  • Policy Evaluation for Public Policy
  • Politics for Policy 
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy I  
  • Public Policy II  
  • Statistics for Policy Action 

* Please note that for the academic year of 2022/23 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Applied Social Entrepreneurship
  • Behavioral Economics and Finance
  • Business Models for Sustainability
  • Competitiopn Policy
  • Economics of Education
  • Economics of Health and Health Care
  • Economics of Health Systems
  • Environmental Policy
  • European Economy
  • Global Energy Markets
  • International Migration
  • International Tourism policy
  • International Trade: Theory and Policy
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Labor Economics
  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Management in the Public Sector
  • Management of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Negotiation
  • Operations Management
  • Political Economy
  • Private Sector Development
  • Strategic costing

* Please note that for the academic year of 2022/23 this information may be subject to changes.

The Policy Analysis Project (PAP) is the ultimate Master's in International Development and Public Policy experience.

The PAP is developed in groups, and it will be established in partnership with public, non-profit, and private organizations to solve specific policy problems.

It will be prepared to be launched in the Summer of the first year. It will be implemented through an all-year field lab sequence in collaboration with an academic tutor, and it will include evaluation components.

It will also include a Summer internship with one of the following partnering institutions or partners – CESO, IQVIA, Maximus, Cape Verde Bank, Finance Ministry– GPEARI, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shared Services Ministry of Health, or OCDE. 

The PAP will be evaluated as a master's thesis. 

* Please note that for the academic year of 2022/23 this information may be subject to changes.

Quantitative skills 

  • Learning to analyse data. 


  • Thinking about ethical challenges. 

Corporate links/internationalization 

  • Building knowledge about business environment and international careers. 

Communication and creativity 

  • Thinking outside the box and improving communications skills. 

* Please note that for the academic year of 2022/23 this information may be subject to changes.

ECTS this, ECTS that

How does the grading system work?

Grading is based upon the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), a grading scale developed to understand better and compare grades given, according to different national systems.

We did the math for you and the awarding of ECTS grades breaks down as follows:

in Mandatory Courses including the Mastering Your Own Career Activities
(Bridging courses not included)

in Elective Courses (minimum)

in Professional Development Modules

in the Work Project

90 ECTS Total to graduate

You need a minimum of 90 ECTS to complete your Master's, but if you need 120 ECTS to proceed with your studies, you can extend your Master's by one semester with courses (28 ECTS) and modules (2 ECTS).

Ready to write new chapters of your story?

Ready to write new chapters of your story?

Attend one of our many Master’s Talks and learn all about this program, its Academic Director, the teams that can help you journey your way to Nova SBE, and clarify any doubts you may have.