Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems (MA) at University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Masters (MA)

2 years
Full time

Course description:

The Master of Arts in Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, is a 2-year taught in English Masters degree that offers an interdisciplinary and in-depth study of social protection systems. Graduates will be able to design and sustain systems that are effective, affordable and flexible enough to meet future socio-economic challenges. Social Protection means protecting the most vulnerable members of society and adapting social systems to crisis and eradicating worldwide poverty. This programme 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.

Graduates will be able to design “smart” systems, systems that can be sustainably financed while being effective and flexible. They will also be able to contribute towards optimizing and, if necessary, reorganizing existing social protection systems and adapting systems to future demographic, economic and social challenges. They will gain deeper insights into the elements, driving forces and instruments of social protection systems, covering low-, middle- as well as high-income countries. They will also be trained in how to institutionalise and sustainably finance social protection systems and to use state-of-the-art management methods to implement social protection interventions.


Department of Social Policy and Social Security Studies at University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must possess at least a bachelor’s degree from a relevant academic field such as economics, political sciences, sociology, international relations, business administration, public health, public policy, law administration, education, social science, psychology and international relations/development as well as other subjects, which relate to the subject area of social protection, and which encompass a minimum of 15 credits in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). They also need to have at least 5 months practical experience (unpaid internships and/or voluntary work is accepted) in a field related to social protection.

They need to prove English proficiency, with a minimum level of C1 according to the common European framework of reference for languages, as certified by 1 of the tests listed in the official website (see link below). Those who are native English speakers or who have conducted their previous studies in English are exempt from this requirement.

Applicants will also have to successfully pass a 2-hour online entry examination testing their competencies in the area of social policy.

Students with more than 11 months relevant work experience in social protection may be able to shorten the study duration to 3 semesters, from 4.


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