Semester Schedule fpr the Master's Programme on Social Protection


First semester (September until February)

Students spend the first semester in Germany where they interact with classmates and professors and have a chance to visit social protection institutions in Germany and neighboring countries. Every module has at least 3 sub-modules, which will take place consecutively, which means that every module is held in one week.

  • Module 1: Comparative analysis of social protection systems (6 ECTS)
  • Module 2: Social protection policy instruments & design options (8 ECTS)
  • Module 3: Analysis for social protection design (6 ECTS)
  • Module 4: Social protection financing & modelling (6 ECTS)
  • Module 5: Research methods (5 ECTS)


Second semester (March until August)

The second semester will be followed online and students have the option of returning to their respective countries or staying in Germany. This teaching environment opens a whole new learning experience for students. 

At the end of the 2nd semester students start their specialization, where they will have class with external practitioners.

  • Module 6: Simulation & evaluation (8 ECTS)
  • Module 7: Social protection governance (6 ECTS)
  • Module 8: Social protection management (6 ECTS)
  • Module 9: Social protection reforms (6 ECTS)
  • Module 10 – Electives (8 ECTS) 
    • Specialisation on Climate Change
    • Specialisation on Health
    • Specialisation on Implementation of Cash Transfer Programmes
    • Specialisation on Migration
    • Specialisation on Old Age
    • Specialisation on Return to Work
    • Specialisation on Vulnerability


Third semester (September until February)

At the beginning of the 3rd semester all students meet again for a summer school to finish their specialization. They will also have the chance to finish up some of the coursework and discuss their proposal for a master's thesis.


Forth semester (March until August)

The last semester is dedicated for the master's thesis.