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Social Science - Public Management and Social Development (MSocSc)

Master (2 years) of Social Science in Public Management and Social Development, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Campus Frederiksberg Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6250 EUR


By exploring similarities and differences in contemporary challenges to the welfare of citizens in China and Europe, you will learn to manage and participate in social innovation at the interface between the public and private sectors in China as well as Europe. 

In order to understand the background of the current challenges like social mobility or changes in demography, students will be introduced to the emergence and development of Chinese and European societies, cultures, institutions and practices. Seeing the differences and similarities between the two regions will allow you a nuanced approach to meet the challenges.

The solution lies in social innovation that can improve current welfare models. You will investigate the strengths and weaknesses of different models, and find out how they work. And through the use of empirical analyses you will learn how future solutions can be created in cooperation between public and private sectors.

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Career Opportunities

An alumni association for the programme will be created. It will be a tightly-knit group of people concerned with the same issues and in time it will become a strong alumni network which will be a career advantage. Graduates will have in-depth knowledge of  China and the EU from both an academic, a cultural and a personal point of view. They will be able to identify problems in this cross-field and, using social science methods combined with analysis and information retrieval tools, they will be able to create innovative solutions.

In addition to this, graduates will have hands-on experience with Chinese language and culture, and with intercultural cooperation.

It is not yet possible to predict exactly where graduates will find career paths. However, you will be qualified to work with project management, strategic, operational and policy development in public organisations, NGOs and private companies concerned with welfare reforms, social development and national business system issues. The global perspective of PMSD opens up a wide range of possibilities, and the immersion in Chinese society enables you to assist the many companies that currently flow into China.

About the degree

The MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development is  a collaboration between CBS and the Chinese university GUCAS. You will therefore get a degree from both a Danish and a Chinese University. 

The programme is taught in China with both Chinese and European students and teachers, which means you will be learning both inside and outside the classroom, and the line between study and leisure time is blurred. The experience builds competencies that you could never get from reading a book.

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Student life 
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You are qualified for admission to this programme if you fulfil the specific entry requirements, the language requirement, and have a relevant academic bachelor degree.

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There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at  

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

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