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MSc in Social Sciences in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies

EU/EEA or Swiss citizens interested in the programme can still apply to start in September 2019. Vacant study places are offered on a 'first come first served' basis, so the sooner you apply, the better your chances.


The Master in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies teaches the roots of modern welfare states, the manifold effects they have on societies, and the main pressures and challenges they face in an aging, globalizing, migrating and robotizing world.


Structure of the MSc in Social Sciences in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies

The Master programme includes four semesters over a two-year period. In the first two semesters you will enroll in mandatory courses, while in the third semester you can choose courses according to your interest.  In the first two semesters, you take 60 ECTS in compulsory courses. First semester courses give a broad overview of the evolution, challenges and perspectives on public policies and welfare studies, addressing classical topics as well as contemporary issues. Second semester courses focus on specific issues related to the formulation and implementation of welfare-related policies.

The courses in the first two semesters are organized in such a way as to offer you two specializations to choose from right from the start of your studies. This allows you to build skills for your future career. One specialization emphasizes the politics side of welfare state policies, and the other emphasizes processes of social change and their consequences for welfare provision.

The two specializations (see also the Tables below) have in common the courses "Quantitative methods", "Research Design", "Understanding social policy" and "Comparative public administration" – which provide you with essential tools to understand public policies.

You can choose the desired specialization by opting for the following courses: 

  • Specialization "Public Policies and Politics": courses "How welfare states evolve" (sem 1) and "The politics of labour market change" (sem 2).
  • Specialization "Welfare and Social Change":  courses "Science, technology and society" (sem1) and "Global issues and development" (sem 2).

In the third semester, you have the opportunity to continue you specialization by choosing between courses (in Denmark or abroad) or internships, while in the fourth semester you write your Master thesis on a topic of your choice. 

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