Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (Graduate)



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 study time, 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 via online learning. Most courses start with contact teaching which takes place during the intensive programmes. Afterwards the courses continue online. In addition, students write a Master’s thesis on social policy and welfare issues.

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

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.

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 possess IELTS or TOEFL certificates.



Programme type
Master's studies
Field of studySociology
Study area Social Sciences
Degree awarded Master of Social Sciences
Duration2 years
AccreditationCentre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education
Course languageEnglish
LocationVilnius, Lithuania, Tampere Finland and Linz, Austria
Starting dateSeptember 1st (admission to this programme is held every second year, nearest admission will be held in study year 2020/2021)
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

Assoc. prof. dr. Svajonė Mikėnė, lecturer:

Cosopo is international and multidisciplinary programme; this ensures that you will study in three countries and will gain knowledge about social policy in the countries representing different welfare models. These studies provide you with the opportunity to look at 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.
Programme offers excellent opportunity for intercultural communication: two-week intensive programmes bring together the students from all three universities to participate in lectures, seminars and excursions/field visits. Afterwards the courses continue online and 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!

For more detailed information, contact programme director doc. dr. Vida Česnuitytė via e.mail.:


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.