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Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies

Master (2 years) of Social Sciences - Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4250 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Why are some societies more unequal than others? How can we explain high levels of unemployment and soaring budget deficits? Why do health care and other public services differ in their quality across developed societies? The answers to these and related questions are explored and explained in this programme.

Career Opportunities  

This degree provides the skills and knowledge to pursue various careers in the area of public policy analysis, advice and development. These include job in:
  1. International organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Union.
  2. INGOs and NGOs that are active in the social policy area, such as the fight against poverty, active inclusion and anti-discrimination.
  3. International and national interest organisations, including trade unions and business organizations.
  4. International and national consultancy companies and statistical agencies.
  5. National, regional and local ministries, departments and institutions dealing with labour market and social policy.

About the programme

This two year MSc links directly to current global and national challenges, such as the economic crisis, immigration and changing family models.  
Our international group of teachers from the Centre of Welfare State Research will provide you with state of the art knowledge on international public policy and politics relating to welfare and give you the skills to utilize theories and master different methods.  
Through hands on experience you gain competencies in analysing welfare states in a comparative and global perspective.  

In the third semester, students have the opportunity to study abroad or pursue an internship in a relevant organisation.
Read about the programme structure here.


To be admitted to this programme, you must hold one of the following degrees in order to have direct admission:
  • Bachelor in Political Science
  • Bachelor in History
  • Bachelor in Area Studies
  • Bachelor in International Negotiation - Economics, language and culture
  • All Social Science bachelors
Moreover, a bachelor in Humanities also gives admission, if at least 45 ECTS points were acquired in the following areas:
  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Welfare studies
In addition applicants will need to document English at B Level and Danish A or equivalent to these levels. You can read more about Language Requirements here.

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact
University of Southern Denmark directly.

A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

No tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss students.
There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.

SDU offers 75 scholarships yearly. For information regarding scholarships:

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Spring - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Sep 01
Start date
Feb 01

Spring - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Oct 15
Start date
Feb 01

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - EU/EEA or Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01



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