Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (Graduate)

Why this study programme?

Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare is jointly organised by three European universities: University of Tampere (Finland), Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria) and Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania). The aim of the programme is to facilitate the understanding of social policy and welfare in Europe. The programme focuses on the dynamics of social policy in the countries representing different welfare models and on analyzing different fields of social policies from various perspectives. During the programme students will learn about comparative designs, and about methodology on qualitative and quantitative policy studies. The curriculum of the programme combines contact teaching and literature examinations with on-line learning. Most courses start with contact teaching which takes place during the intensive programmes. Afterwards the courses continue on-line. In addition, students conduct a Master’s thesis on social policy and welfare issues.


Semester in Vilnius
  • Master‘s degree programme „Comparative Social Policy and Welfare“ is developed and administered by the three universities, therefore the program integrates the academic traditions of these countries, the professional and research expertise of professors and teachers of three universities.
  • The studies are implemented in an intercultural environment (students from Lithuania, Finland, Austria, Azerbaijan, UK, Greece, the U.S. and other countries are/were enrolled in this study programme).
  • The fact that the programme is a joint and international distinguishes it from the other universities‘ sociology programmes in Lithuania.
  • The programme is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature, the specific objectives, content and innovative learning methods.
  • The programme is carried out according to the principles of intensive study programme and distance learning classes: two week' intensive programmes, take place at the beginning of each semester in each partner university in turn:
    • I semester at Mykolas Romeris University;
    • II semester at University of Tampere;
    • III semester at Johannes Kepler University.

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Dr. Svajonė Mikėnė, Programme Director:
Cosopo is international and multidisciplinary program; this ensures that you will study in three countries and will get knowledge about social policy in the countries representing different welfare models. Studying provides you with the opportunity to engage with a particular area of social policy and welfare in more depth. It will also provide you with research skills in preparation for employment or further postgraduate study.
Program offers excellent opportunity for intercultural communication: two-week intensive programs bring together the students from all three universities to participate in lectures, seminars and excursions/field visits. Afterwards the courses continue on-line, that allows combining studies and work.
Graduates get Joint Diploma, signed by rectors of three European universities. Joint diploma is a proof of a high quality degree that is only possible using the resources of more than one university.
I invite you to come and study with us!

Programme typeMaster's studies
Field of study
Sociology
Study areaSocial sciences
Degree awardedMaster of Sociology
Duration2 years
Credits120
AccreditationCentre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education
Course languageEnglish
LocationVilnius, Lithuania, Tampere Finland and Linz, Austria
Starting dateSeptember 1st
DegreeMaster of Sociology
Tuition fee EU students2120 EUR/per year
Tuition fee Non-EU students3120 EUR/per year
Tuition fee in partner universitiesStudents admitted to MRU pays tuition fee to MRU only, there are no additional tuition fees for semesters in Austria and Finland. However, students are obliged to pay Students Association fee in Austria, which is app. 17 EUR

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree: graduates of university bachelor's studies in the area of social sciences (sociology, social work, political science, economics or in the other closely related field).
  • English language proficiency - the level not lower than B2 (following the Common Framework of Reference for Language approved by the Council of Europe). Distant English language level test is organized for those, who do not have IELTS or TOEFL certificates.

International mobility possibilities

Participation in two-week' intensive programmes, which take place at the beginning of each semester in each partner university in turn is obligatory.

Career prospects

The COSOPO programme aims at improving students' academic credentials and in enhancing their career prospects as highly qualified analysts and applied researchers in national, European and international organizations. Graduates are expected to work in the areas of welfare management and social policy development and they will be able to apply their skills in creating, developing and evaluating social programmes and projects.

Student testimonials

Dmitryi Metilka, Graduate from Ukraine:
Why you chose this particular program at MRU?
My choice in favour of the COSOPO programme was caused by some reasons: foremost, its content was in line with my previous research interests (social philosophy), but is was more grounded on the empirical data and more practically oriented (social policies), and it allowed to get acquainted with the international experience (Lithuania, Austria, Finland) of solving social issues.
What possibilities it opened for you?
After completing the COSOPO programme my position at the labour market was significantly enhanced (after returning to Ukraine, I have easily found the job of the lecturer at the college in Zaporizhzhya, my home city). It also facilitated to my further academic development since one year later on I have won a scholarship in the international PhD programme.
How studies influenced your career?
I have prepared the research project that is continuing the topic chosen for my master thesis "Domestic violence against women", and now I may conduct my research within the "Phoenix" Joint Doctorate Programme on Dynamics of Health and Welfare that unites the universities and research centres from three European countries (Portugal, Sweden and France).
What can you say about studies in Lithuania in general?
Finally - last but not least - a couple of warm words about my Lithuanian period of studies. It was really very useful and comfortable to study there since all the process was perfectly organized from the very beginning (even before my departure from Ukraine when I have got the maximal organizational support from the staff responsible for the international activities) until the end, and teachers were always ready to help both in academic and more practical matters.

Programme webpage:

cosopo.mruni.eu


 


Programme Director:

Dr. Svajonė Mikėnė, e-mail: svajone@mruni.eu

MRU International Office provides all related information for prospective degree seeking students:

e-mail for all inquiries: study@mruni.eu 


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