Joint Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, Europe

Publish Date: Dec 18, 2015

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016

In cooperation with the University of Tampere (Finland) and the Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania), the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria) is offering a unique educational joint Master’s Degree programme entitled "Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO)".

The programme aims to supplement students’ academic credentials and enhance future career prospects to pursue professions as highly qualified analysts and applied researchers at national, European and international organizations. Graduates can work in welfare management and social policy development and successfully apply acquired skills to create, develop and evaluate social programmes and projects.

The programme provides a greater understanding of social policy and welfare theories. Students will acquire

- abilities to openly engage in critical examination of these fields,
- expertise and a strong understanding of comparative and interdisciplinary welfare and social policy research,
- skills in intercultural communication,
- skills to implement and conduct research in social policy and welfare within countries that have different welfare models.

The programme's intercultural and interdisciplinary approach offers students a rich and valuable experience to learn and conduct research in an international environment. See a short film about the programme produced by our partner Mykolas Romeris University Vilnius.

Teaching and learning methods: Intensive programmes (3 intensive programmes in 2 weeks) conducted at each partner university and through distance teaching based classes (via the online platform “Moodle”). Each semester starts with a two-week attendance period at one of the partner universities. The rest of the semester is organised online with the courses being taught via elearning tools during the semester. The first intensive programme (attendance period) is scheduled from 19. - 30. September 2016 in Vilnius, the second from 06. - 17. February 2017 in Tampere and the last from 25. September - 06. October 2017 in Linz. Apart of the two weeks each semester and exams and meetings at regular intervals, students do not have to be personally present at the university.

Admission Requirements:
- Applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in the major subject or in a closely related field.
- Applicants must possess a strong knowledge of English for academic purposes. See English Language Test Requirements.
- In addition, work experience related to the programme or other related merits and qualifications will be considered

The next Master’s degree programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare takes place from September 2016 – May 2018.

  How Do I Apply?

If you have any questions, please contact:
Angela Wegscheider
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Department of Social Policy and Politics
Phone: +43 732 2468 7154

Application for Admission

Each university participating in the Joint Master's programme "Comparative Social Policy and Welfare" is designated as follows: University of Tampere (Finland), Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania) and Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria). The designated university refers to each student’s home university at which the student was originally enrolled. Any related registration and tuition fees will be administered by by the students’ home university. The universities invite national and international students to apply for this programme.

Students applying for admission to the Joint Master's Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare at the Johannes Kepler University Linz must have successfully completed one of the following Bachelor's degrees:

- Sociology and Social Economics
- Social Policy
- Social Work
- Political Science
- or an equivalent degree in Social Sciences (Bachelor's degree or Master’s/Diploma degree).

The applicant is required to have an undergraduate level academic background in social policy/welfare and qualitative/quantitative methods.

Applicants who fulfil the admission requirements may apply for admission to the Joint Master's programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare at one of the partner universities. Admission is based on the applicants’ educational background and strong proficiency in English.

Students will be pre-selected based on his/her application by the department of social policy and politics. Then, students could officially enrol (= national students) or apply to admission (= international students) at the Admission Office of the Johannes Kepler University.

Please submit the following for the pre-selection process conducted by the department of social policy and politics:

1. Completed application form of the department of social policy and politics (see form (pdf) below)
2. Letter of motivation
3. Current curriculum vitae
4. Certification in the original and translated into German or English
5. Proof of a strong command of English
6. Recent passport-size photo
7. Photocopy of the passport ID page

Please send all required documents per post (or per mail) as soon as possible (new!) to

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Institut für Gesellschafts- und Sozialpolitik/Department of Social Policy and Politics
Altenbergerstrasse 69
4040 Linz

As the admissions process is organised jointly with each partner university, the number of university spots is limited and each university will apply the admission criteria correspondingly.

1. Applicants will be evaluated based on the application if they are eligible to the Joint Master’s programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare. Applicants will receive a letter of acceptance from the department.
2. Once accepted to the programme, students may officially enrol (=national students) or apply to admission (= international students) in the Joint Master’s programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare at the Admissions Office.

Please follow these links to enrol:
Enrolment Procedures for Austrian and international Student

International Students
The enrolment procedure varies depending on the applicant’s nationality and the country that issued the applicant's school-leaving examination (and/or proof of academic qualifications). Non-Austrian applicants who have educational certificates issued outside of Austria are asked to follow the information provided here:

Degree-Seeking International Students
Admission to Master's Degree Programs

Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Austrian universities do not have the authority to award scholarships or financial aid to international students. International students must apply for scholarships or financial aid directly at the Austrian Consulate or Embassy located in the applicant’s home country to then be submitted to the Federal Ministry of Science and Research for consideration. Scholarships and financial aid are awarded in only very few cases and only under certain conditions and circumstances.

To legally enter Austria, international students require a valid visa. Students of EU or EEA citizenship do not require a visa to live and study in Austria. Furthermore, students must apply for a residence permit (=Aufenthaltsbewilligung).
You can obtain additional information regarding visas and residence permits at the Austrian Consulate or Embassy located in your home country

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