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Social Policy and Public Health

12 months
17078 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
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As a graduate of the Social Policy and Public Health programme offered by 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.

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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 offered by  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:

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

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.

    Research-led teaching

    The academic staff in our faculty participate in a wide variety of research projects into the problems that are central to this Master's programme, including themes as diverse as:

    • Social justice and social wellbeing
    • Capabilities for combining work and care
    • Youth and parenting in risk societies
    • Social innovation in social care
    • Social influence in health behaviours
    • Social diversity, health and wellbeing
    • Interethnic relations, cultural diversity and integration
    • Health communication and health promotion


    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

    Programme Structure

    Courses included:

    • Interventions and Policies: Practice Orientation
    • Social Risks in Europe: Protection, Activation and Diversity
    • Academic Professional Social Policy and Public Health
    • Interventions and Policies: Research Orientation
    • Key Issues in Social Policy and Public Health

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines

    More details

    * If you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.




    60 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

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

    English requirements

    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
    IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    In order to be accepted to this Master’s programme you need:

    • An academic Bachelor’s degree in one of the social sciences such as Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Sociology, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology or Political Sciences. 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.
    • Specific academic knowledge and skills required to participate in this programme.
    • Sufficient command of the English language.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      17078 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 17078 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2143 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


    Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

    • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
    • Bright Minds Fellowships
    • Holland Scholarship
    • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
    • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
    • Student grant and loan system
    • Tuition fee loan
    • Erasmus+ Master loans
    • Canadian student loans
    • US Federal Loans

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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