Master Social Policy

The Master in Social Policy offers a first-class education, on an international level, over four semesters. One hereby receives qualification for positions in all areas of social policy, as, for example, in international organisations, ministries, welfare or citizens' associations.

Course Objectives

The Graduate Program Social Policy offers an internationally renowned, two-year curriculum that enables successful candidates to enter into positions in international organizations, government administration, welfare associations or civil society organisations. The interdisciplinary master's degree program includes courses in the origins and development of the welfare state and of civil society and seminars focusing on the analysis of European welfare regimes and the challenges they face within a globalized context. International and comparative social policy and specialized studies in selected areas of social policy as well as the development and effects of social policy measures are also part of the advanced curriculum.

Faculty members teaching in the programme have expertise in sociology, political science, economy, health policy, and law. They work in distinguished research institutes at the University of Bremen, promoting a productive nexus between research and teaching. The graduate program in Social Policy is aimed at students interested in professions that incorporate social scientific reflection, responsible action and research-oriented work.


The Master of Social Policy program addresses students with a wide range of university backgrounds. Application requirements include the following: A bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the program, i.e. in social science or an academic field related to social policy. Proven skills in empirical social research are also required, as well as proven proficiency in German and English.


The Graduate Program in Social Policy is aimed at students interested in professions that incorporate social scientific reflection and research-oriented work. As it follows a genuine comparative and international approach and is taught bilingually, English language proficiency is an indispensable selection criterion in the admission process. The Master of Social Policy offers an international specialisation in in European Labour Studies, which involves studying one semester abroad. Besides, we also offer a genuine transatlantic perspective to our students in terms of our membership in the TransAtlantic Masters Program, which is coordinated by the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill.

From the upcoming winter term 2015/16 onwards, two new double degree programs are offered within the MA Social Policy:

  • the "European Master in Labour Studies and Social Policy", which is a double degree program offered in cooperation with the Universitá degli Studi di Milano, and
  • the "TransAtlantic Masters" double degree offered together with the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Each program - the Master in Social Policy as well as the double degrees - is structured into nine thematic modules and start in the winter term (October). Applications can be submitted online via the Online Application Portal of the University of Bremen, the deadline is June 15 of each year. Please note that each program has particular application requirements and procedures!

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