MA in Analysis & Design of Social Protection Systems


Program Description

The master offers an interdisciplinary and in-depth study of social protection systems that enables successful candidates to enter positions in international organizations, government administration, welfare associations or civil society organisations. The program targets students who want a career in social policy analysis, advocacy or research. Over the course of 4 semesters students learn to analyse, optimize and, if necessary, reorganize existing social protection systems, adapting them to future demographic, economic and social challenges.

Why study with us?

Next to the fact that the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS) is a dynamic and research-driven university and that the Department of Social Security is an interdisciplinary team with great passion for the topic, there are several reasons for studying with us.

  • We offer flexible learning, combining face-to-face and distance learning phases, supported by an Internet-based teaching and learning platform
  • We work in small groups with plenty of opportunities for learning and exchange among peers
  • We collaborate with a network of experienced and internationally renowned practitioners and academics in social protection
  • We are situated in an interesting region with many social protection actors
  • We are within a stone’s throw of Cologne and Bonn, which are not only cities with lots of international flairs but also with great cultural and recreational offers

The Master’s degree programme offers an interdisciplinary and in-depth study of social protection systems. Graduates of the degree programme 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, adapting systems to future demographic, economic and social challenges.


  • Pre-Courses. (September) Online + On-Campus
  • 1st Semester (September - February) Face-to-face in Germany
  • 2nd Semester (March - August) Online + 2-week summer school
  • 3rd Semester (September - February) Internship
  • 4th Semester (March - August) Master's Thesis

Application criteria

To be admitted to the degree programme, students are required to provide evidence of:

  • ·Previous studies: A bachelor’s degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the program such as business administration/economics, politics, law, administration, health, education, social science, psychology and international relations/development 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).

    ·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.

    ·English proficiency: If the applicant is neither a native speaker nor has completed a previous degree programme in English, they need 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:

    ·Entry examination: Successful passing of a two-hour online entry examination testing applicants’ competencies in the area of social policy.

This Master programme offers 120 ECTS, requiring students to come with a Bachelor degree of 210 ECTS. Applicants with more than 8 months of work experience may reduce the studyprogramme to 3 semesters.

Interested applicants should fill in an online application form, no later than March 31, 2019, uploading:

  • A motivation letter
  • A recent copy of their CV in table form
  • Copies of their degrees and transcripts (translated into English if the language is neither English nor German)
  • A letter confirming the length and main activities of their work experience in social protection
  • Proof of proficiency in English

Candidates who meet our eligibility criteria will be contacted for a phone interview. The examination committee decides on the award of places on a rolling basis and informs the applicants in a timely manner. For a definitive offer of a place of study, successful applicants are required to send in certified copies of the original degrees and certifications.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) was founded in 1995. It is a young and dynamic university with almost 9,000 students, approximately 150 professors and about 300 ... Read More

The Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) was founded in 1995. It is a young and dynamic university with almost 9,000 students, approximately 150 professors and about 300 research associates. They are supported by more than 350 highly qualified lecturers from the fields of academia, business and industry. An additional 250 employees work for the Administration, the Library and the Language Centre. The University campus is located in Hennef, Rheinbach and Sankt Augustin. In Bonn, the University runs the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it) jointly with the University of Bonn, the Aachen Technical University (RWTH) and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. The University Development Plan contains the strategic objectives that our University intends to achieve by 2020 as well as the concrete measures taken to reach these goals - with the main motive being sustainability. Read less
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