Welfare Policies and Management Programme
With a unique combination of perspectives from political science, social work, sociology and economics, this programme provides you with a broad range of knowledge and skills intended for the management and administration of welfare services. The courses are based on a comparative approach, highlighting differences and similarities across countries, administrative levels and policy areas, including a European Union perspective. In addition to being active researchers in their own field of expertise, our teachers have undergone educational training and make use of modern teaching and assessment techniques. We also bring practitioners into our courses, and make visits to different types of agencies involved in the production of welfare services.
Knowledge and skills acquired on the programme
• In-depth knowledge of welfare regimes in different parts of the world,
• understanding of public economics, leadership and management in relation to welfare services,
• the ability to apply techniques and methods for evaluating public and private welfare programmes,
• advanced analytical and methodological skills.
PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must also submit a Statement of purpose (400-600 words) and an academic writing sample (the first 5 pages) from their Bachelor's thesis or equivalent independent work when applying to this programme.
For detailed information about admission and applications see, ”How to apply (key steps)” on Lund University international website.
Programme structureThe programme includes a total of 120 credits divided into courses of 7,5 or 15 credits each and a Master’s thesis of 30 credits.
- First semester, autumn: Welfare Regimes in Transition. Comparative perspectives on policies, management and reform. Joint introduction (15 credits) & Organization, Leadership and Management (7,5 credits) & Evaluation and Welfare Management (7,5 credits)
- Second semester, spring: Economics: An introduction to Public Economics (15 credits) & Elective courses or Internship for the second half of the term (15 credits)
- Third semester, autumn: Course in your major subject; Political Science, Social Work, or Sociology (15 credits) & Research methods: Political Science Methodology (15 credits)
- Fourth semester, spring: Master’s thesis, 30 credits
The programme prepares you for advanced welfare management work in roles such as policy formulation and decision making at the local, regional, national, European or international level. A degree in Welfare Policies and Management can also lead to employment in the private sector, such as non-governmental institutions or profit-making organisations. In addition, the programme prepares students for doctoral studies and a continued academic career.