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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) programme 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.

Important Notice

CSPS will not be offering the M.RPP programme for the 2021/2022 academic year. Please check this page for further updates.

Start date


Application deadline



24 months

2019 intake


Minimum entry requirement

Second class lower or equivalent in any discipline


University of Ghana Legon Campus

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

Semester 4 Thesis writing  

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 now or contact us for more information.