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Master of Research and Public Policy (M.RPP)


Master of Research and Public Policy (M.RPP)

The Master of Research and Public Policy (M.RPP) is a 2-year evening programme that was introduced in 2014 and has been hosted by CSPS on behalf of the University of Ghana since 2016.  The programme was intuitively designed by twelve universities in seven African countries to enable M.RPP students to join their peers across Africa in a collaborative learning experience.

The M.RPP programme is a collaboration between the University of Ghana and the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), a not-for-profit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The programme offers a platform for students who desire to pursue advanced academic and professional careers in research-oriented public policy to develop the needed competencies.

Apply for the 2024-2025 academic year

Visit the website of the School of Graduate Studies for admission requirements, and application instructions.

APPLY through the online portal

The submission DEADLINE for online applications for the 2024-2025 academic year is Friday, June 28th 2024. 

(We reserve the right not to run the MRPP program if we do not have sufficient numbers in any given year.)

Start date

September 2024

Application deadline

Friday 28th June 2024


4 semesters (3 semesters of coursework and 1 semester of thesis work)

Previous intake

2019-2020 - 13 students

2020-2021 - none 

2021-2022 - 11 students

2022-2023 - 10 students

2023-2024 - none

Minimum entry requirement

Second class lower or better in any discipline


University of Ghana, Legon Campus

Format of classes

Virtual and in-person

The minimum entry requirements for the M.RPP programme is a lower second-class degree or equivalent in any discipline.

Admission to the M.RPP programme is competitive. Meeting the minimum entry requirement does not guarantee you an offer of admission; candidates must also pass an entrance examination and interview.

Find out more about post-graduate admissions here.

The M.RPP is a fee-paying programme.  The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay will depend on whether you are a Ghanaian or international student.

Find out more about fees at the College of Humanities here.

The Master of Research and Public Policy is a full-time 24-month evening programme which runs from Monday to Friday (5pm – 8pm).

Lectures for all courses are delivered through slide presentations, videos, documentaries, interactive discussions, group work, case studies and role play exercises.


Semester 1 Core Electives

Qualitative Research Methods for Public Policy

Quantitative Research Methods for Public Policy

Public Policy Development and Analysis

Governance & Politics of Public

Policy Social Science Foundations for Public Policy

Semester 2

Economics for Public Policy

Ethics in Research & Public Policy

Research Pathway 

  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Political Economy of Public Policy


Policy Pathway

  • Applied Policy Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Policy
  • Global Context of Public Policy
Semester 3

Research, Policy and Public Interface

Gender, Social Diversity, Equity & Public Policy

Leadership and Public Policy

Thesis work

(Break) Internship  
Semester 4 Thesis work and seminar  

Note: Students undertake comprehensive course work in the first year followed by an internship period during which they gain experience in their respective research areas.  Students write their thesis in the second half of the second year.

Interested? Apply through the School of Graduate Studies or contact us for more information at