Programme structure

The EPA curriculum has two learning lines. The modelling and simulation line, representing courses departing from a more analytical and modelling perspective. And a policy and politics line, which tries to explain decision making as a game of power and interests. Although we distinguish two learning lines, these two lines are interwoven and courses phased in a deliberate way. They are represented in the curriculum on the right by different colours. The first year lays the foundation for the programme. 

The first year 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 technical specialisation.

Learning lines and knowledge & skills

This line consists of 6 courses:

This Line consists of seven courses: 

During the course of 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 great 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 is 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.
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