Programme structure

The EPA curriculum has two learning lines. The modelling and simulation line, representing courses that put you in the position of analyst. The courses teach you to analyse, model and simulate complex multi-actor problems. A second learning line is the policy and politics line, which explains decision making as a dynamic process wherein economic, ethical and political  considerations by multiple stakeholders are at stake. The two learning lines are interwoven  to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the programme.. The first year lays the foundation for the programme, and will be taught exclusively in The Hague. In the second year, you will also have courses in Delft.


In the first year, you follow a highly interactive programme with required courses. In the second year you can choose a specialisation.

Learning lines and knowledge & skills

This line consists of 5 courses:

This line consists of 7 courses:

During the EPA programme students are expected to obtain specific knowledge and skills as described below:

  • Being able to demonstrate a systematic and critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in technology and public policy in their academic discipline, field of study, area of expertise or professional practice. This involves being critical and interested in current affairs, technology, and the relationship between technology and society. 
  • Understanding and gaining insight in essential facts, concepts, theories and principles relevant to the analysis and management of large-scale systems, along with the economics, policy and decision-making taking place in such systems. 
  • Knowing how to address complex issues in a systematic and creative way, being able to quickly get a grasp of a wide variety of subjects and to think at a high level of abstraction.
  • Making sound judgements in the absence of complete data is another skill to be learned in this interdisciplinary programme. This may be difficult for students who are used to research specific topics in detail, thus, the programme makes sure to provide the students with the sufficient tools and knowledge as to master this skill.
  • Being able to clearly communicate with both, specialist and non-specialist audiences, both academic and professional communities. It is much more important in the EPA programme than in monodisciplinary programmes to have good oral and written communication skills given the variety in audiences and interactions that EPA graduates are expected to have within industry, public and private sectors. Fluent writing and speaking in English are therefore an essential requirement.

Academic Calendar

The academic year starts at the first Monday in September and continues until July the following year. The curriculum comprises two years of two semesters each (one semester has two course periods), which adds up to 120 ECTS.