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Department of Social Policy and Social Security Studies

Social Protection (MSc)
Social Protection (M.Sc.)
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Handbook on Social Protection Systems
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Handbook on Social Protection Systems
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Social Protection means protecting our most vulnerable members of society, adapting our social systems to crisis and eradicating poverty worldwide. Here at H-BRS, we have developed a 4-semester, hybrid format, interdisciplinary master’s programme, which provides students with the tools to analyze, design and manage social protection systems. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive the academic degree "Master of Science".

Attention Future Students!

Disclaimer: The curriculum has been reorganised and is going throught the process of re-accreditation. The degree level has been changed from Master of Arts (M.A.) to Master of Science (M.Sc.) and the examination regulations have been amended accordingly. These changes go into affect starting winter semester 2022/2023.

Please review our Admission Criteria and Application Process before applying. 


Handbook on Social Protection Systems

Our programme head Prof. Dr. Esther Schüring and Markus Loewe, Research Team Leader at the German Development Institute recently published the Handbook on Social Protection Systems which provides readers with a comprehensive and globally relevant overview of the instruments, actors and design features of social protection systems, as well as their application and impacts in practice.


Study facts


Master's degree

Standard period of study

4 Semesters

Language skills



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Start of course

Winter semester (September)

Semester contribution


See "Admission Criteria" Link

Application period

15.1. – 31.3. (Non-EU applicants); 15.1. – 31.5. (EU applicants)

Language skills