Master of Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance (MSc)


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About Master of Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance at KU Leuven

Responding to the growing need for professionals in eGovernance and digitalization in the public sector, this unique and interdisciplinary programme empowers students to become specialists that combine knowledge on public administration and public management with expertise on information systems and eGovernance.

What is the programme all about?

The public sector needs interdisciplinary expertise to be able to fully benefit from the potential of ICT and technological innovations. Within a context wherein ICT becomes increasingly important for the modernization and innovation of the public sector, the sector itself needs experts (1) who are able to translate technological expertise into efficiency, effectiveness, performance and user needs, and (2) who are able to take into account organizational, cultural, social and structural peculiarities of the public sector when implementing new technologies. 

PIONEER aims at providing students with specialised competencies about public sector innovation and the role of ICT and technological evolutions in the innovation process.



unique Erasmus Mundus programme, subsidised by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission (EACEA).

An interdisciplinary programme combining the expertise of the fields of public administration, public management, information systems and eGovernance.

An international initial Master’s programme of 120 ECTS, jointly organized by three universities:

  • KU Leuven (first semester): In Leuven, the student receives an introduction to public administration and public management, a general primer in the use of information systems in the public sector as well as an introduction into eGovernance practices.
  • the University of Münster (second semester): In Münster, the student gains deeper insights into the use of information systems in relevant business processes, ICT projects, new approaches to service delivery as well as insights into the possibilities of ICT for governance.
  • the Tallinn University of Technology (third semester): In Tallinn, the student gains in-depth knowledge of the potential benefits, risks, factors of failure/success of eGovernance, the role of eGovernance towards society and trends in public sector innovation. 

During the fourth semester, students write their Master’s Thesis on a topic of their own choosing by pursuing one of two learning tracks: either an internship in a professional organization, or the possibility of conducting research at a research institute. 

Why study this programme?

Learn from experts with an advanced understanding and professional, disciplinary knowledge of public management, public administration, information systems and eGovernance.

  • Attend interactive courses in a small, international group setting The courses are taught with a variety of teaching methods: case studies, group work, class discussions, guest lectures and study visits. 
  • Build in-demand competencies to define and implement new methods and digital techniques for the benefit of the public sector. 
  • Combine methodological and scientific research skills with a high level of comprehension of how ICT and information sciences can be used in order to proactively innovate the public sector in a changing society.

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