Programme structure

Generally, a Master's Programme comprises 120 ECTS points.

Structure for students enrolled in September 2019 or later

Find the programme structure for students enrolled before 2019 here

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. 

 

 

Common courses

Specialization

 

Crafting analysis (methods)

Comparative policies

Public Policies and Politics

Semester 1

Basic courses

Quantitative methods (10 ECTS)

Understanding social policy (10 ECTS)

How welfare states evolve

(10 ECTS)

Semester 2

Applied courses

Research design (10 ECTS)

Comparative public administration (10 ECTS)

The politics of labour market change (10 ECTS)

Semester 3 Continued specialization

 

Courses in Denmark, abroad or internship (30 ECTS)

Semester 4

Independent work

 

Master thesis (30 ECTS)

 

 

 

 

Common courses

Specialization

 

Crafting analysis (methods)

Comparative policies

Welfare and Social Change

Semester 1

Basic courses

Quantitative methods

(10 ECTS)

Understanding social policy

(10 ECTS)

Science, technology and society

(10 ECTS)

Semester 2

Applied courses

Research design

(10 ECTS)

Comparative public administration

(10 ECTS)

Global issues and development

(10 ECTS)

Semester 3 Continued specialization

 

Courses in Denmark, abroad or internship (30 ECTS)

Semester 4

Independent work

 

Master thesis (30 ECTS)

 

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