European Social Security, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
The Master of European Social Security at KU Leuven is a one-year advanced master's programme organised by KU Leuven's Faculty of Law dealing with the area of social security in its broadest sense, including cash benefit schemes, pensions and health care systems.

About

The European Social Security programme at KU Leuven provides an in-depth study of social security and social protection from a legal, economical, sociological, administrative and philosophical perspective. In addition to being multidisciplinary, the curriculum contains a strong comparative and multinational component focusing on the provision of social protection rights across Europe. This gives you the opportunity to understand the many different approaches to social security that co-exist within our old continent. At the same time, you will gain a better understanding of your own national system. The programme also includes careful study of the role of international bodies such as the European Union.

As a student in the programme, you become part of an international network of experts in the field of social security. Students come from various European countries and beyond and have different academic backgrounds. The teaching staff consists of renowned professors from KU Leuven and other European universities specialising in various disciplines related to social security.

Objectives:

The programme is a specialised, research-based education, dealing with the area of social security in its broadest sense. It provides the students with an in-depth study of social protection from a legal, economic, sociological and administrative perspective, confronting the students with the most recent research and several national backgrounds, thus stimulating individual reflection.

At the end of the programme the participants should be able to :

  • design and carry out individual research projects in the area of social security, as well as participate in the conception, execution and supervision of team research;
  • put their national/monodisciplinary approach in a broader perspective by including other disciplines and abandoning a merely national point of view;
  • recognise national and temporal contingencies from essential social security boundaries;
  • take up unfashionable positions if their research so demands;
  • take part in and position themselves on a good multidisciplinary and comparative basis in any debate concerning social security issues;
  • deliver results and opinions that contribute to the advancement of social security related research in Europe;
  • translate research results to the broader public;
  • make research results relevant for policy making; be able to translate questions from policy-makers into research questions, deal with them and explain the results to policy-makers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Comparative Study of Social Security Systems in Europe
  • Social Security Law, Policy and Economics

Audience

    The ideal prospective student should:
    • have a good knowledge of his/her own social security system and its workings;
    • be able to formulate research questions and carry out corresponding research in the area of social security;
    • have an open attitude toward other scientific disciplines and other national social security systems.

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Full-time
        • Full-time duration 12 months
      • Credits
        60 ECTS
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus

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      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:

        7

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        600

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        100

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      Academic Requirements

      • Applicants for this Master must have a university degree, obtained after at least four years of study in one of the following fields: law, criminology, economics and applied economic sciences, political sciences, sociology or communication sciences, public health, medicine or dentistry.
      • The students should have a good knowledge of the English language: TOEFL (Computer-based test 250 pt., Internet-based test 100 pt., paper-based test 600 pt.) or IELTS (7 - 7.5 pt.)

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        3500 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        3500 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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      Living costs for Leuven

      • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
        Living Costs

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