Double Degree programme European Master in Labour Studies and Social Policy

The European Master in Labour Studies and Social Policy is offered jointly by the University of Bremen and the University of Milan. This programme gives students the excellent opportunity to gain two Master's Degrees within only two years of study - one year in Bremen and one year in Milan. Applications can be submitted until June 15 of each year.

The Università degli Studi di Milano (MA Management of Human Resources and Labour Studies) and the University of Bremen (MA Sozialpolitik) have jointly developed a double degree programme, which will start in the winter semester 2015/16. Students will spend a year each at the university of Bremen and Milan receiveing two master certificates after the successful completion of all requirements. Since the programme is an extension of the MEST programme and the specialisation "European Labour Studies" it offers an interdisciplinary education in the field of European industrial relations with a particular focus on Germany and Italy.

The two programmes in Bremen and Milan have different focal points: Bremen has a strong social policy orientation while Milan offers a sociological and human resource perspective. Both programmes focus on welfare state institutions and industrial relations. Additionally, both programmes qualify for research-oriented jobs in all areas of social policy and industrial relations, e.g. in international organizations, government departments, welfare organisations or community associations.

Study cycle

All double degree students will spend the first semester at the University of Bremen. The semester starts with a special orientation period to get to know the programme, the participants and the lecturers of both universities. Additionally, it provides an introduction to social policy, industrial relations while in the same time deepening methodological skills.

In the second semester the programme concentrates on the specialisation "European Labour Studies". In addition, the modules "Governance and Management" and "Theories of the Welfare State" are offered.

For the third semester the double degree students change to the University of Milan where knowledge in labour studies, European labour law and empirical methods is deepened.

During the fourth semester the master thesis will be written at the University of Milan. The thesis can be both empirically and (comparative) or theoretically orientated. Students will apply for the master thesis at the University of Milan, however they will choose a supervisor from each university.


German applicants for the double degree programme have to apply for the degree programme "Sozialpolitik" until 15th June of each year (link to online application). Importantly, they have to include a letter of motivation for the double degree programme to the regular application. Before the application, it is absolutely necessary to contact Anna Hokema (coordinator).


Dipl.-Soz. Anna Hokema

Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall

Prof. Dr. Renata Semenza