A unique international master's programme at Roskilde University gives graduates the skills to shine in today's increasingly inter-connected world.
Making sense of today's ever-changing political developments is no easy task. Yet an increasing number of careers in a range of different fields now demand an ability to analyze and synthesize these developments, and how they may impact business or policy decisions.
And it's precisely these sorts of skills graduates acquire through the Master of International Public Administration and Politics (IPAP) at Roskilde University.
The two-year, English-language master's programme combines multi-level policy making, public administration, and data analysis with independent research and intercultural communication. It equips graduates with the skills to excel in international careers in consulting, policymaking, fundraising, or project management.
Group work is an important part of the IPAP curriculum. Photo: Roskilde University
Snorre Frid-Nielsen, who graduated from the Roskilde IPAP programme in 2016, now helps multinational companies monitor and evaluate their progress implementing a range of sustainability metrics.
“Climate change is an extremely complicated issue, and IPAP equipped me with the necessary skills to navigate precisely this sort of challenge,” he says.
“Both in terms of working alongside international actors, as well as crossing the boundary between the private and public sectors.”
In addition, Roskilde University – located just 30 minutes from Copenhagen – is known for its innovative approach to student-led learning, and the IPAP is no exception.
The curriculum features a mix of in-depth courses combined with interactive, project-oriented group work that offers hands-on experience working together to develop solutions to challenging problems, which adds an important dimension to students' learning.
At Roskilde's IPAP, students don't simply go to class and listen; they're called upon to help guide their own learning by linking theoretical knowledge with current political debates so they can see theory in practice.
An example of IPAP student engagement is a Brussels study trip, during which students travel to the capital of Europe for a first-hand look at the inner workings of the machinery of the EU.
During their time in Brussels, students meet policy-makers, diplomats and politicians, and have an opportunity to discuss a broad range of policy topics ranging from migration and Brexit to railway and food safety.
Roskilde IPAP students gather for an EU simulation negotiation. Photo: Roskilde University
IPAP students also benefit from Roskilde's proximity to Copenhagen, the beating heart of Danish and Scandinavian politics and policy. Not only can students easily access the city, there's a long roster of notable guest lecturers and speakers who make their way to campus each year.
Recent speakers include ambassadors and highly-ranked foreign officials stationed in Denmark as well as senior researchers from universities and NGOs, not to mention former Danish climate minister and EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, host of the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
The accessibility of professors and instructors is also something that sets IPAP apart from other master's programmes. Thanks in part to the tight-knight campus community at Roskilde, IPAP students have ample opportunities to engage with professors both inside and outside the classroom.
Moreover, life at Roskilde University is more than attending classes and conducting research. The campus also features a range of facilities for sports and socializing. And the Student House RUC provides an inclusive gathering place where students can organize events and activities and meet for study groups or to share a coffee after class.
The deadline for applications to the IPAP for the autumn 2017 term is March 1st – so if you think the programme is the right fit, you'd better act fast. The process is fairly straightforward and can be completed in seven easy steps.
So if you want to develop policy in public sector bodies or help companies navigate the interplay between public administration and politics in Europe – and beyond – now is the time to take the first step toward the next phase of your career and apply for the IPAP at Roskilde.
This article was produced by The Local and sponsored by Roskilde University.