12 months
3900 EUR/year
3900 EUR/year
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This one-year advanced master's European Social Security programme from KU Leuven deals with social security and social protection from a legal, economic, sociological, administrative and philosophical perspective. 

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The Master of European Social Security programme from KU Leuven gives you the opportunity to understand the many different approaches to social security that co-exist within the historic continent of Europe. At the same time, you will gain a better understanding of your own national system within the context of the wider continental picture. The programme also includes a careful, in-depth study of the role of international bodies such as the European Union.

As a student of the programme, you’ll 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 and motives for participation. The teaching staff consists of renowned professors from KU Leuven and other European universities specialising in various disciplines related to social security.

Career perspectives

Past graduates are often employed in European, international or national social security institutions or administrations, in insurance companies, in NGOs or academic research, and in institutions dealing with social security and social protection.

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Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Study of Social Security Systems in Europe
  • Social Security Law, Policy and Economics
  • Social Policy and Law, including Discussion Sessions
  • European Social Security Law (Advanced)
  • Report and Tender Writing
  • Master Paper: Internship and Reflecting Report

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be eligible for the Master of European Social Security, you must have obtained an academic master’s degree in the field of law, criminology, economics or applied economics, political sciences, sociology or communication sciences, public health, medicine or dentistry.
  • You should have a good command of both spoken and written English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3900 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3900 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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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European Social Security
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