The programme is run for two years and is designed to equip the students with three competencies, namely, Common Competencies which shall enable them to understand different conceptual and methodological approaches to social science research, and appropriate various theoretical and conceptual approaches to the formation and analysis of public policy issues. Secondly, capacity to design and execute policy oriented research for those in academia and research organization, and third, for those in policy development, management and implementation, competencies to apply policy analysis tools to key public policy issue and utilize evidence based research results. The MRPP programme identifies the sequence of learning experiences involving courses, field experiences and thesis. It allows students to develop competencies consistent with two career pathways, the research and policy practice for the students primarily interested in research/teaching and those wishing to use research to influence, inform or shape public policy as policy practitioners respectively The MRPP network is formed by twelve(12) universities from six (6) countries across Africa. Such Universities include University of Botswana (Botswana), University of Ghana (Ghana), Eger ton University (Kenya), Maseno University ( Kenya), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), University of Jos ( Nigeria), University of Lagos ( Nigeria), University of Sierra Leone( Sierra Leone), University of Dar es Salaam ( Tanzania), Mzumbe University (Tanzania), Uganda Christian University ( Uganda) and Uganda Martyrs University ( Uganda).