Social Policy and Public Health, M.Sc. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
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Social Policy and Public Health

12 months
18332 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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As a graduate of the Social Policy and Public Health programme at Utrecht University, you will be able to study social problems from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. You will also have acquired the professional and academic skills necessary to design, implement, and evaluate social policies and interventions.


Study Social Policy Related To Public Health And Wellbeing

Do you ever wonder how societal changes and individual lifestyles affect health? Or how social policies related to (for example) sustainability, work, and care influence people’s wellbeing? 

Maybe you’ve considered how public health is changing as a result of increasing cultural diversity and social inequality. Or thought about possible ways to improve public health. Perhaps you’ve read about unexpected effects of existing social policies on people’s lives and wellbeing.

If you are interested in studying such issues, the Social Policy and Public Health programme at  Utrecht University is for you. You will develop knowledge about interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on social policy and interventions, which will help you gain in-depth insight into the methodology and skills needed to research social policy and intervention issues in the domain of health and wellbeing, in particular related to work, care and participation. More specifically, you will look into problems such as:

  • (Youth) unemployment
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Social inequality and exclusion
  • Social care and participation
  • Combining work and care

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

  • Life-long learning
    • Labour market mobility
    • Social entrepreneurship
    • Innovative care networks
    • Multicultural collaborative efforts
    • Cultural diversity and integration
    • Neighborhood initiatives

    This will be done by combining knowledge from the behavioural and social sciences.


    Various social scientific positions are open to you as a graduate of our Master's programme. About 10% of our graduates pursue a career in academic research, and almost 90% opt for a career elsewhere.


    • Policymaker at the municipal, provincial or national level
    • Researcher (e.g., evaluation researcher, applied researcher)
    • Quality assurance expert
    • Consultant

    Where will you work?

    • Governmental authority (national, provincial or municipal)
    • Companies
    • Social welfare institutions, NGOs
    • Private or not-for-profit organisations in the social sector
    • Care organisations
    • Institutes for research, knowledge development, or the application and implementation of scientific knowledge of issues with regard to labour, care, and participation


    Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Interventions And Policies I: Theoretical Orientation

    • Social Risks In Europe: Protection, Activation And Diversity

    • Academic Professional Social Policy And Public Health

    • Interventions And Policies Ii: Practical Application

    • Practical Internship Social Policy And Public Health

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    60 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • An academic Bachelor’s degree. Our International Students Admission’s office will verify whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university. All international Bachelor’s degrees are evaluated based on standards set by the NUFFIC. 
    • If your degree is assessed as less than equivalent to a 3-year Dutch research University degree, or as a bachelor from a university of applied sciences, you are most likely not eligible for admission. 
    • Sufficient command of the English language

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      18332 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 18332 EUR per year during 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2314 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 12 months.

    Living costs for Utrecht

    900 - 1450 EUR /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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