Institute of Policy Studies




Institute of Policy Studies
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Jalan Tungku Link Gadong, BE1410
Brunei Darussalam

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam is focused on offering graduate degree programmes on public policy and management, facilitating applied public policy research and delivering training in policy areas. It draws on academics from all faculties at UBD and policy experts from Brunei Darussalam and overseas to offer a unique cross-disciplinary learning and research environment to local, regional and international students as well as the research community.

IPS pursues five strategic aims:

  1. Advanced research on mainstream and specialised public policy areas
  2. Graduate degree program on Public Policy and Management
  3. Training in policy arenas
  4. Conference, seminar and publication
  5. Networking and institutional collaboration


Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)

As part of UBD's vision in becoming a first class international university, the Master of Public Policy and Management has been designed to cater to individuals seeking to make influential and relevant impacts in public affairs, with special emphasis on Islamic governance modules.

The MPPM is a 12-month programme wherein students will spend 1 semester in UBD and the final semester in one of the partner policy schools in the United States of America:

  • McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
  • Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley


Students will also have a one-week study visit to Washington, D.C. meeting people from key policy-making institutions including the House of Congress, policy think tanks, and non-profit sectors.


Who Should Apply

Outstanding young professionals both from Brunei Darussalam and abroad with relevant experience and a keen desire to learn from a distinguished international group of professionals.


Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)

Entry Requirements

  1. Normally an Upper Second Class Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam or a university recognised by the Senate of the UBD with at least 5 years relevant working experience.
  2. A Lower Second Class Bachelor’s Degree holder with at least 5 years relevant working experience will also be considered for entry.
  3. A minimum English qualification of GCE ‘O’ Level Credit 6 or IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 is required.
  4. Also, a minimum Mathematics qualification of GCE ‘O’ Level Credit 6 or one “pass” in a subsequent level mathematics subject is essential.


Full-Time: 12 months
(1 Year in UBD and 1 Semester in a leading public policy school in the USA). The Programme will be delivered by international and local faculty.

Intake Per Year



IPS also offers

  • PhD in Policy Studies (by Research)
  • PhD in Islamic Governance (by Research)
  • Master in Islamic Governance (by Research)


For more information application, please go to here