Public and Social Policy (PSP), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Master in Public and Social Policy at Charles University teaches students how to create and implement effective public and social policies within an international context. The Master’s programme includes courses about policy analysis, statistics, or methods in social research. Learn to analyse and assess public policies in areas like health, education, and employment.


Public and Social Policy (PSP) is a two-year English-language Masters degree programme fully accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic.

The aim of the program is to provide students with current relevant knowledge of policy-making process and cultivate their analytical skills. In addition to theoretical knowledge about policy-making process, the program will offer deeper knowledge in concrete policy domains such as social policy, health policy, educational policy, employment policy or others. The special attention in the program will be given to research methodology and policy analysis skills. The combination of knowledge about policy process, knowledge for policy processes and methodology skills will lead to unique competences and excellent professional employment or for further studying or research career.

The program is developed in accordance with almost twenty years experience with the Czech program on Public and Social Policy. It will, however, be supplemented by experience with already existing English courses and realized international research programs. Similarly, the comparative dimension will be enhanced. The theoretical grounds of the discipline will be covered especially in courses Public Policy a Social Policy. The knowledge about concrete policy domains will be provided in courses Educational Policy, Health Policy a Civil Society in Central Europe. Methodological knowledge and skills will be developed in courses Policy Analysis, Introduction to Social Research Methodology, Statistics in SPSS, Text, Narrative & Discourse Analysis a Diploma Seminar I a II. During the program, both individual and collective students? work on concrete social and policy problems will be sustained.

The graduates of the program will have current knowledge about policy-making process and they will be able to analyse these processes creatively and independently, using both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. Graduates of this program will attain the knowledge and skills required to gain employment as professionals not only in the public sector, but also in non-profit organizations and private companies. The graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills that enable them to effectively and efficiently perform analytical, conceptual, organizational, interactive and managing tasks in creating and implementing public and social policies within international context. By the same token, graduates will be able pursue an academic career in the Czech Republic or elsewhere. In addition, graduates will be experts in concrete policy domains, such as health policy, educational policy, employment policy or others


PSP is fully accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Programme Structure

Course Structure and Study Requirements:

Total number of all required credits (ECTS): 120

Defence of M. A. Thesis

Final state examination

Compulsory Courses Total ECTS 83

Optional Courses Total ECTS 25

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS

    Total number of all required credits (ECTS): 120

    Compulsory courses: 71 ECTS

    Elective courses: 37 ECTS

    Optional course: 12 ECTS

    Defence of Master’s Thesis

    Final state examination

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Candidates should submit a formal application consisting of the following documents:

  • The application form completely filled in and duly signed.
  • Copies of all relevant diplomas and transcripts. Copies of diplomas and transcripts do not have to be certified. However, if you submit uncertified copies you must bring the originals of all submitted documents with you to Prague, so we can confirm their authenticity.
  • Proof of English language proficiency. All applicants, except for native speakers and applicants who hold a degree, the course of which was taught in English, must certify their proficiency in English of a minimum level B2 by including details of any tests of the English language they have taken (e.g. during their previous degree studies), by an internationally recognized language diploma (TOEFL, IELTS) or a certificate from any other official language institute.
  • Short academic curriculum vitae detailing all relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Letter of motivation explaining your interest in the Master´s programme.
  • References or letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic scholar). The letters of recommendation have to be written specifically for the purpose of applying for the Master´s programme. They must include the contact details of the referees and clearly state the position they hold at their respective institutions.

Diplomas, transcripts, letters of recommendation and other documents whose original language is not English, French, German, Czech or Slovak have to be accompanied by a certified translation into English. Only complete applications will be considered. Documents will not be returned. Thank you for your understanding. Personal data will be used exclusively for organizing the course´s enrolments.

The early admissions deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 28th February 2017. The early admissions deadline is strongly recommended for students from non-EU or non-EFTA countries who will need a student visa in order to study in the Czech Republic.

The regular deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 30th April 2017. The application fee is 530 CZK (approximately 20 EUR).

There will be no entrance examinations. Applicants' materials will be assessed by an admissions committee in March/May respectively. Successful applicants will be informed at the beginning of April/June respectively, so they can apply for their student visa.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition fees for the PSP programme are 6 000 EUR per year. Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.).

Living costs for Prague

  • 15441 - 26250 CZK/month
    Living Costs

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


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