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Public Policy and Innovative Governance

Are you ready to transform public policy for a better tomorrow? In a world facing climate change, social inequalities, and rapid technology shifts, innovative public policy is vital. Be the change-maker in crafting sustainable, participatory, and evidence-based solutions for a better future.

Course description

Designed for those who aspire to make an impact in public institutions, non-profits, and businesses in government relations. Whether you are aiming to impact local communities or contribute to global initiatives, our program lays the groundwork for a fulfilling and impactful career. 

The strengths of the programme: 

  • Practical Focus: Hands-on training to acquire real-world skills vital for the public sector. 
  • Broad Interdisciplinary Approach: Master a diverse skill set across law, policy, management, and quantitative methods. 
  • Personalised Learning: With a low student-to-teacher ratio, enjoy a close interaction with renowned experts. 
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Regular contact with local and European stakeholders, enhancing practical experience. 

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At a glance

Italian degree class: LM-63
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 50 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: ca. € 1350 per year

Structure of the course

Modules cover legal, economic, managerial and data analytics disciplines. Choose your specialization in one of the two streams:  

  • Public Policy, Impact and Sustainability – focus on impactful policy tools, grounded on economic principles with a strong emphasis on analytical and quantitative skills essential for evidence-based decision making. 
  • Governance, Law and Management – focus on the implementation of public policies combining legal, administrative, and managerial perspectives. 

Modules include labs, group work, case studies, guest lectures and study trips (e.g. to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and to the Constitutional Court in Rome).  


Degree Course director: Prof. Alexander Moradi (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Irene Sammarchi

Exchange programmes and internships

We currently offer exchange programmes with partner universities around the world and cooperate with an extensive network of companies for internships in Italy or abroad. Attendance in Bozen-Bolzano can be combined with an exchange with a foreign university, in Europe or elsewhere.

Career opportunities

Our graduates excel in public institutions, making an impact at local, national, and international levels. Many advance to leading positions in state enterprises, vibrant non-profit organizations, and private firms that collaborate closely with government entities. Upon graduation, students will be well prepared to succeed in public competitions ("concorsi") in Italy.

If you already have a job, you can strengthen and widen your knowledge and skills in order to progress further in your career. If you are interested in postgraduate education, you can apply for a PhD after finishing this programme.

You will be well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability. 

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Matthias Cologna

Chamber of Commerce of Bozen-Bolzano

"This master's degree has given me the opportunity to learn about the economic, managerial and legal challenges of the Public Sector and to explore how to find innovative answers by managing the public good in the best possible way. A close relationship with professors and fellow students, the trilingual environment and seminars with experts from various fields, have further enriched my learning experience and made my studies a truly stimulating time. In addition, I was given the opportunity to do my internship at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Rome and after graduation I worked at the Bank of Italy: in short, if you are passionate about the challenges of the public sector then this is the right master for you!"


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Summer Infopoint

You can book a tour of the Bozen-Bolzano campus with one of our Student Ambassadors and have the chance to visit unibz and get a glimpse of your future student life. Visits are available every working day (except university closures), Monday to Friday, from 15 July to 30 August 2024.

Application and Admission

You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 07/05/2024 (by noon local time)
Language exams (online): 18/03/2024 (fully booked) and 17 - 18 - 19 and 22 - 23/04/2024 (registration: 25/03 - 09/04/2024)
Publication of ranking lists: by 28/05/2024
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/06/2024 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from 12/07 - 15/10/2024 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 29/05 - 18/07/2024 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 24 - 29/06/2024 (registration: 29/05 - 16/06/2024)
Publication of ranking lists: by 07/08/2024
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 20/08/2024 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from publication of the ranking list until 15/10/2024 (by noon local time)

Additional Application Session (only for EU citizens)

The Faculty can open additional application sessions for single study programmes in August and in September if there are available spaces. More information on additional sessions will be published in due course.

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 02 - 20/09/2024 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Mathematics pre-course: 23/09 - 04/10/2024
Freshers Days: 30/09 - 01/10/2024

1st semester

Classes: 30/09 - 23/12/2024
Exams (extraordinary session): 12 - 23/12/2024
Holidays: 24/12/2024 - 06/01/2025
Classes: 07/01 - 25/01/2025
Exams: 27/01 - 15/02/2025

2nd semester

Classes: 03/03 - 17/04/2025
Holidays: 18- 21/04/2025
Classes: 22/04 - 14/06/2025
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 24/05/2025
Exams: 16/06 - 12/07/2025

Autumn session

Exams: 25/08 - 27/09/2025

The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).

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