MSc Social Policy and Social Interventions

Utrecht University

Program Description

MSc Social Policy and Social Interventions

Utrecht University

Social policy from an interdisciplinary perspective

What is the relationship between the decentralisation of care and changes in family relations? Why do some interventions do and some do not contribute to the labour market participation of adolescents from an ethnic minority background and other do not? Would better laws and legislation help to reduce absenteeism in the workplace?

If you would like to study such issues, this one-year Master's programme is for you. You will become abreast of interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives, which will also help you to gain in-depth insight into the methodology and skills that you will need to research social policy and participation. To be more specific, you will be looking into problems, such as:

  • loneliness
  • poverty
  • discrimination
  • segregation
  • exclusion of vulnerable groups.

You will also study people's strategies for dealing with social risks:

  • labour mobility and migration
  • care networks
  • neighbourhood initiatives
  • small-scale and/or multicultural collaborative efforts
  • independent entrepreneurship, etc.

This will be done while combining your knowledge from behavioural sciences and social sciences.

Research feeding into education

The faculty conducts a great many studies into the problems that are central to this master's degree programme, with research themes such as:

  • labour, care, and citizenship
  • evaluation of social policy
  • integration and participation of newcomers
  • evaluation of interventions.

The researchers involved in these studies also contribute to the curriculum of this master's degree programme.

Also taught in Dutch

This master's programme is also taught in Dutch; the Dutch variant is known as Arbeid, zorg en participatie.

The lectures of both the Dutch and the English variants are delivered jointly, in English. The seminars of the Dutch master's degree programme in Labour, Care, and Participation (Arbeid, Zorg en Participatie) are taught in Dutch. The students of the English variant will be attending separate English seminars.

International perspective

Many of the problems focused on in this master's degree programme have a strong international (European) dimension: globalisation, for instance, and ageing, migration and ethnic relationships, individualisation, and gender relations. The same goes for the policy and intervention programmes that are used to tackle these issues. You will soon find that this international perspective is a returning feature in the curriculum of this master's degree programme.


This master's degree programme is characterised by an interdisciplinary and multi-method approach as well as an international, comparative perspective. This not only applies to the research that you will conduct – with the explicit use of a combination of scientific perspectives from both behavioural and social sciences (especially psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology) – but also in the exploration of the professional practice wherein the combination of (behavioural scientific) interventions and (social scientific) policy is also the point of departure.

Scientifically justified research of interventions

Programme objective

Through this master's degree programme, you will develop into an academic professional. As a graduate, you will be able to study specific social problems in conjunction. You will also have acquired the necessary professional and academic skills to prepare, implement, and evaluate policy and interventions. Fully equipped, you will be able to pursue a career in a social scientific position with the government, a social institution, a company, or a care organisation.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Dutch

Last updated January 27, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,951 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Utrecht
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,951 EUR
Statutory fee. Institutional fee: € 15,150 (2014-2015) € 15,330 (2015-2016)