Master in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies, University of Southern Denmark

Publish Date: Jan 19, 2016

Deadline: Feb 01, 2016

More about the Programme

  • Why are some societies more unequal than others?
  • How can we explain high unemployment and soaring budget deficits?
  • Why do many women participate in the labour market in some countries, and very few in others? Why does health care differ in quality across developed societies?
  • How do older generations treat younger ones in aging societies?

The answers to these questions are all related to public policy and welfare states, and they are essential to the future of societies. The Master in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies teaches the roots of modern welfare states, the manifold effects they have on societies, and the main pressures and challenges they face in an aging, globalizing, migrating and robotizing world.

This two-year Master provides students with a high level of skills and competences that will enable them to contribute to sustainable, equitable and democratically legitimate policy solutions to such challenges. This makes our students attractive candidates to multiple international and national agencies as well as to ministries and other government bodies.

Entry requirements

Please note that as of September 1st 2016 all Master’s programmes at the University of Southern Denmark will have restricted admission.

The selection criteria and the number of places in the programme will be announced on this website as soon as possible. Please check the website continually.

Degrees with direct admission:

  • Bachelor in Political Science
  • Bachelor in History
  • Bachelor in Area Studies
  • Bachelor in International Negotiation - Economics, language and culture
  • All Social Science bachelors

Other degrees

  • Bachelor in Humanities, if at least 45 ECTS points were acquired in the following areas:
    • Comparative politics
    • International relations
    • Welfare studies

If you have a bachelor in Humanities, but do not fully meet the requirements mentioned, you can also apply if you in addition to the bachelor degree have gained professional experience of relevance to the programme. Relevant professional experience entails that you, e.g.

  • have had experience with social work with disadvantaged groups
  • have had experience with management of welfare programs
  • in other ways through your professional employment have acquired knowledge and qualifications that will contribute to the progression of the Master programme.

Applicants who wish to exploit this option should enclose a document detailing their relevant professional experience as well as supporting documents (for example, confirmation from the institutions where the work has been done).

If you have not passed your bachelor degree when applying, please upload your newest grade transcripts and state the date or month when you will finish your bachelor degree. 

Applicants with other relevant backgrounds can also apply. The applications will be evaluated on an individual basis. It may be required of the applicants to take supplementary courses.

Admission Limitations beginning from 2015 (50 study places)

Selection criteria for admission to the Master's program take effect if, due to reasons of capacity, the University cannot admit all qualified applicants to a graduate program. The students must then be selected based on predefined criteria.

Applicants are admitted on the basis of these criteria:

  • Grade point average of bachelor degree
  • Overall assessment of the relevance of educational and professional experience (motivational letter) 

Language Requirements
Applicants will need to document English at B Level or equivalent to this level. You can read more about English language requirements on the following link. Language Requirements

Find further information about the required enclosures for your application here.

International applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA
The University requires full tuition fee for students from countries outside the EU/EEA

Duration: two years
Study start: September 1
Campus city: Odense

Application deadlines
February 1 for Non-EU/EEA citizens
April 1 for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and non-EU/EEA citizens with residence permit in Denmark

How to apply - degree programmes

The University of Southern Denmark is in the process of implementing a new electronic application portal, which is a common system for all Danish Universities. Therefore all applications for master programmes are only accepted in the new system.

This page is designed to help you through the application process. To be accepted to the programme, you will still be required to meet the specific entry requirements, upload the correct enclosures and document either English or Danish language proficiency according to our existing guidelines.

Please use Firefox  as browser when entering the application portal.

Application Steps

  1. Choose the programme you wish to apply for on our website and go to the Entry Requirements site. Then click on the "Application Form for study start September/February" link on the right-hand side. Please note that the application forms open on January 1st for the September intake and July 1st for the February intake.
  2. You are now on the FrontPage of the new application portal. If you have an existing WAYF (Where Are You From) login from a Danish University you should choose the button 'Log in'. If you have a NEM-ID you should choose the button 'Log in with Nem ID'. If you do not have either, you will first have to create a WAYF login.
  3. After pressing login, you need to choose your WAYF login type. If you have registered a user on your own, the WAYF provider is "Application Portal".
  4. You are now inside the application portal. If you have been directed from one of the programme on our website, this programme should be pre-selected in the portal. If not, you will need to search for the programme by choosing University of Southern Denmark and master for your search criteria. Please be aware that you will now see a list of all our master programmes. Please check that you have selected the correct study start date and that you have chosen a programme which is available in English, unless you meet our Danish language requirements. Press "Move on to creation of application" to begin the application.
  5. Fill in the application form and upload relevant enclosures along the way. Please use the information in the Help section to guide you along the way. Make sure to submit the application on the final page.
  6. When you submit your application you will receive a receipt. In the e-mail account that is connected to your WAYF login you will receive a notification, that you have a new message in the application portal. You will then have to login to the portal again to see the message.
  7. Your application will be processed. You can follow the status of your application in the portal. If we request new enclosures from you or send you information about the application, you will receive an e-mail notification that you have 

To add priorities, please complete steps 4 and 5 again. When you submit, you will be asked to prioritize the programmes you have applied for.Please note that the University of Southern Denmark only evaluates up to 3 priorities. Any priorities below 3 will be cancelled.

If you do not receive an e-mail receipt within an hour, please check your spam filter. If the e-mail has gone to the spam filter, please make sure to change the settings, so that you will receive future correspondence from us in connection with ýour application.

You can access the application portal at any time by using the link in your original e-mail. Otherwise, you can use access the portal from the link in the right hand-side.

Language Settings
The language settings in your browser determines the language of the application portal. 

If you are an international student applying for a English-taught master programme, you should complete the application in English. If you are seeing Danish text, please check your browser's language settings. If you are getting English text, but the name of the programme is in Danish, you are most likely attempting to apply for a programme, which is not available in English, e.g. our master programme in Medicine.
Help along the way
The application portal is equipped with a Help section for every step. You can find the Help section bunder one of these two symbols:


 Browser requirements
The new application portal supports the following browsers:

Browser  Version
Firefox 2.x, 3.x, 4+

Internet Explorer

7, 8, 9

Safari (desktop)

3.2, 4.x, 5.x

Safari (iOS)

4.3, 5



Required enclosures:

To apply for a degree you MUST submit a number of enclosures. If you do not submit the relevant enclosures, we are not able to evaluate your application and the process will be delayed. You are required to upload the following:

  • Copy of bachelor diploma in English* 
  • Copy of official grade transcript in English 
  • Explanation of the grading scale used in bachelor diploma and grade transcript
  • Documentation of English skills
  • Letter of Attorney
  • Copy of passport or identification card 
  • Curriculum Vitae 

*If you have not passed your bachelor degree when applying, please send us your newest grade transcripts and state the date or month when you will finish your bachelor degree in the application form. As soon as you have received your Bachelor Diploma, please send us a certified copy by regular mail. 

Note that some programmes may require additional obligatory enclosures. Please consult the 'entry requirements' for the programme you wish to apply for.

In some cases you may be asked to provide copies of detailed course descriptions (syllabus/literature) in English. The course descriptions should explain the content of the courses i.e. like a syllabus. It is very important that you include a curriculum which describes the literature that was used in the courses stating the title and author. If you print the course descriptions from your home university’s website, they don’t need to be certified. Just make sure that the URL address is visible on the print outs (Template for Course Description)

Optional enclosures: 

  • Application form for accommodation *If you apply for our Esbjerg campus, the accommodation form is sent to you when you are admitted. 
  • Documentation for previous work experience 
  • Documentation for other relevant qualifications
  • Copy of residence permit if you are eligible for tuition fee exemption based on permanent residence in Denmark 

Process of becoming a degree student at master level

Residence permit
To study in Denmark for more than three months, you must apply for residence permit once you have been admitted. For non-EU citizens the process of getting a residence permit can be extremely long; it is thus very important that you apply for a residence permit as soon as you are admitted.
Non EU/EEA citizens pay an application fee when they apply for residence permit (and for extension of residence permit). For more information visit the Danish Immigration Service.

University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55
DK-5230  Odense M
Phone: +45 6550 1050


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