Master of Research and Public Policy (MRPP) is a collaborative graduate programme involving 16 universities from 9 countries in Africa under the auspices of Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR). The programme has a dual focus on social science research and public policy as distinct from public administration or public management. It targets those who wish to be researchers and future academics as well as policy practitioners as it applies public policy as an area of applied research as well as professional practice.
The vision underpinning the MRPP programme is the value ofstrengthening the production ofsocialscience researchers who can contribute to public policy development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The programme provides for the development of competencies in research and public policy that would generate a cadre of professionals able to work in a wide variety of settings including but not limited to government bodies, civil society organizations, regional and international organisations, media and universities. MRPP graduates should be able to produce social science research that can contribute to public policy and good governance, and also be able to utilize research evidence in the development of public policy. MRPP courses are aimed at imparting predetermined competencies using common supporting materials, teaching practices, and assessment strategies by all participating universities in order to award the same degree. Universities may offer a course as a universityspecific elective but this cannot be a substitute for any MRPP course. The primary benefit of the MRPP arises through its collaborative nature in order to offer a programme that involves access to people, knowledge and learning practices that would otherwise be beyond the capacity of an individual university.
i) To provide relevant and quality training in public policy making skills.
ii) To impart the desired knowledge and necessary tools in research for public policy.
iii) To provide a deep understanding of universal theories and concepts in public policy making.
iv) To improve learners decision-making and implementation skills in the public policy arena.
Common regulations for admission of Masters Degree of the Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi shall apply. In addition, an applicant must be a holder of:-
- At least a second class honours degree (upper division) from a recognized university.
- A second class (honours) lower division or equivalent) with at least three years relevant work experience and/or postgraduate diploma or equivalent from a recognized institution.
- A first degree (pass) and a Postgraduate diploma from a recognized institution with at least five years relevant work experience.