Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems (MA)

The current pandemic exposes why sustainable social protection systems are relevant to everyone. Social Protection means protecting our most vulnerable members of society, adapting our social systems to crisis and eradicating worldwide poverty. Seeing the benefits, we have proactively developed an interdisciplinary master’s programme, which will provide you with the tools to analyze any social system and show you how to design better more sustainable systems to mitigate the effects of precarious changes.

Apply now and be part of the change!

Application process for the Master's programme Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems.

Please note, that we have re-arranged the curriclumn and change the exam regulation accordingly. These changes concern students starting in the winter term 2022/2023. You will be informed by the change in near future.

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HANDBOOK ON SOCIAL PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Our programme head, Prof. Dr. Esther Schüring, and Markus Loewe, Reserach Team Leader at the German Development Institue 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. It is the first book that centres around system building globally, a theme that has gained political importance yet has received relatively little attention in academia.

The multimedia version of the handbook allows for an easy read through highlights and key facts in addition to the content of the print version. The featured videos and podcasts with renowned experts offer insights to practice and topical discussions. The application also allows for keyword search, creating own highlights and storing notes. Moreover, quizzes and discussion questions for each chapter serve to test your knowledge. 

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DAAD Scholarship

There is a DAAD scholarship available for the winter semester 2023/2024. The application portal will be open from June 1 to July 31, 2022 here

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HANDBOOK ON SOCIAL PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Our programme head, Prof. Dr. Esther Schüring, and Markus Loewe, Reserach Team Leader at the German Development Institue 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. It is the first book that centres around system building globally, a theme that has gained political importance yet has received relatively little attention in academia.

The multimedia version of the handbook allows for an easy read through highlights and key facts in addition to the content of the print version. The featured videos and podcasts with renowned experts offer insights to practice and topical discussions. The application also allows for keyword search, creating own highlights and storing notes. Moreover, quizzes and discussion questions for each chapter serve to test your knowledge. 

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At a glance

Degree: 
Master's degree
Campus: 
Sankt Augustin
Standard period of study: 
4 Semester
Accreditation: 
AQAS
Prerequisites: 
To be admitted to the degree programme, students are required to provide evidence of: (1) Previous Studies: Having acquired a bachelor’s degree from a relevant academic field such as business administration/economics, politics, law, administration, public health, education, social science, psychology and international relations/development as well as other subjects, insofar as the contents relating to the subject area of social protection encompass a minimum of 15 credits in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). (2) Relevant Work Experience: Proof of at least 5 months work experience (incl. unpaid internships and/or voluntary work) in a field related to social protection. (3) English Proficiency: If the applicant is neither a native speaker nor has completed a previous degree programme in English, s/he needs to provide proof of English proficiency, with a minimum level of C1 according to the common European framework of reference for languages, certified by one of the following tests indicated in the link under "Related Links" on the right side. (4) Research Proposal: Having successfully passed the research proposal.
Language skills: 
English
Start of course: 
Winter semester (September)
Application period: 
The online application portal for the following winter semester will open: 15.1. – 31.3.(for Non-EU applicants) und 15.1. – 31.5. (for EU applicants)