Social Sciences in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    8500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The MSc in Social Sciences in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies provides the skills and knowledge to pursue various careers in the area of public policy analysis, advice and development. This Social Sciences in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies programme is offered by the University of Southern Denmark.


  • Why are some societies more unequal than others?
  • How can we explain high unemployment and soaring budget deficits?
  • Why do many women participate in the labour market in some countries, and very few in others? Why does health care differ in quality across developed societies?
  • How do older generations treat younger ones in aging societies?

The answers to these questions are all related to public policy and welfare states, and they are essential to the future of societies. 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.

This Social Sciences in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies programme is offered by the University of Southern Denmark.

This two-year Master provides students with a high level of skills and competences that will enable them to contribute to sustainable, equitable and democratically legitimate policy solutions to such challenges. This makes our students attractive candidates to multiple international and national agencies as well as to ministries and other government bodies.

Career Opportunities

These include job in:

  • International organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, the International Labour Organisation, the OECD and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
  • INGOs and NGOs that are active in the social policy area, such as the fight against poverty, active inclusion and anti-discrimination.
  • International and national interest organisations, including trade unions and business organizations.
  • International and national consultancy companies and statistical agencies.
  • National, regional and local ministries, departments and institutions dealing with labour market and social policy.

Some of our students have chosen to do a period of internship during the Master in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies.


This programme is accredited by ACE Denmark

The quality and relevance of the programme are accredited by the Danish Accreditation Institution

Programme Structure

1st semester
  • Concepts, methods and data
  • Comparative welfare state polices
  • Development and reform of the welfare state
2nd semester
  • Comparative methods and data
  • Comparative public administration
  • Comparative welfare state and labour market analysis
3rd semester
  • Specialised methods
  • Specialised policy analysis
  • Specialised analysis of reform politics
  • Study abroad and project-oriented studies
4th semester
  • Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following degrees:

  • Bachelor in Political Science or another bachelor within the faculty of Social Sciences
  • Bachelor in History
  • Bachelor in Area Studies
  • Bachelor in International Negotiation - Economics, language and culture

Bachelor within Humanities if you have acquired at least 45 ECTS within the areas of:

  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Welfare studies

If your Bachelor's degree does not meet these requirements, you can still apply if you have gained professional experience of relevance to the programme. Relevant professional experience entails that you:

  • have had experience with social work with disadvantaged groups
  • have had experience with management of welfare programs
  • in other ways through your professional employment have acquired knowledge and qualifications that will contribute to the progression of the Master's programme.

If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Odense

5,400 - 7,800 DKK/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Options for full-degree graduate students:

BHJ Scholarship

Only available for students applying for a master programme at our Sønderborg Campus

Six one-year scholarships are issued pr. year: three for studies within the technical field i.e. Mechatronics and Innovation & Business respectively, and three are for studies within the field of business administration i.e. Business Relationship Management.

A scholarship of DKK 40.000 may be granted if and when the requirements are met. It is paid in two instalments of DKK 20.000 per semester. The scholarship grant depends on acceptance and enrolment as a full-time student in one of the above mentioned programmes.

Options for Exchange and Guest Students:

Danish Government Scholarship for Foreign Nationals (the Cultural Agreements)

Danish Government Scholarships for Foreign Nationals - The scholarship helps cover living expenses.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.