Sustainable Social Policy (BA)

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Growing poverty, unequal education opportunities and social injustice. Germany needs someone to tackle these problems and who does more than just talk about them. Someone who will also be important for future generations. If you want to take a critical look at our social system, analyse problems, develop ideas to solve them and communicate with the right target group via the media, then the bachelor’s degree programme in Sustainable Social Policy (BA) is exactly right for you.

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Programme content

Our bachelor’s degree programme in Sustainable Social Policy (BA) tackles the entire range of social policy issues in the Federal Republic of Germany. Poverty and wealth, education opportunities, social injustice, social system, pensions, health insurance, participation in decision-making, elections and intergenerational contracts are subjects covered by the curriculum on the basis of the latest scientific findings. Students also study topics from the social sciences, media and communications science, national economics and legal studies. During the seven-semester course of study, they learn how to develop solution recommendations for the challenges faced by society and democracy both internationally and in Germany, on the basis of scientific analysis.

At the H-BRS, we regard sustainable social policy as being social policy that is effective in the long term, not only financially, but also above all sustainably for people and society. In order to reinforce the interdisciplinary access to socio-political issues, we offer research and teaching in cooperation with the Institute for Political Science and Sociology at the University of Bonn and the Chair for Social Policy and Methods of Qualitative Research and the Seminar for Cooperative Systems at the University of Cologne.

Perspectives and job prospects

The professional field of social policy is broad and offers graduates of the bachelor’s degree programme in Sustainable Social Policy (BA) many opportunities to work in public service and in the private sector. Potential areas of work include tracking social trends, conducting situation analyses and testing and developing design options or communication strategies. Graduates of the bachelor’s programme have the opportunity to work in academic or political centres of social policy. Potential employers include ministries, social insurance companies, political parties, trade unions, associations, foundations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), media companies, and consultancy, education and research institutions. Students already acquire a professional orientation during the 6th semester as part of a practical semester.

Language knowledge required

All teaching is conducted in German and English.


We offer our Sustainable Social Policy degree (BA) on our Sankt Augustin Campus. The Sankt Augustin Campus is located in North Rhine-Westphalia and easy to reach by car or public transport from Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf or Koblenz. Study and research with us on our modern Campus in an outstanding learning environment.

At a glance

Bachelor's degree
Sankt Augustin
Standard period of study: 
7 semesters, including practical semester
The programme was accredited by evalag in October 2017
Formal requirements for admission are the “Fachhochschulreife” or “Allgemeine Hochschulreife” higher-level secondary school-leaving qualification, or a corresponding vocational qualification, or previous education that is regarded as being of equivalent value. A local “numerus clausus” (local NC) is decisive for admission. For more information about requirements, see the “Admission requirements” link below on the right-hand side.
Language skills: 
Teaching mainly in German; individual modules in English
Start of course: 
Winter semester
Application period: 
Your application for the winter semester may be submitted between 15 May and 31 July


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