Social Policy in Europe

Course · 15 credits


This course explores processes of policy making in different welfare and social policy areas at European, national and local levels. Emphasis is placed on coordination issues of these different regulatory levels.

Course content

This course is an optional course in the Master of Science Programme in Welfare Policies and Management. This course is also offered as a single subject course in Social Work at the second-cycle level. It can also be chosen as optional course in the Master Programme of Social Work as well as in other social science Master Programmes.

During the course you will deal with themes such as:

  • The labour market
  • Poverty and exclusion
  • Migration and homelessness
  • Sustainable welfare and eco-social policies

The aim of the course is to provide you with analytical tools that enhance your ability in exploring and explaining policy making within social policy and its ties to practices of social work and social services. Both bottom up and top down perspectives are thoroughly discussed. Furthermore, the course examines the varying modes in which social policy deals with new forms of marginalisation and other social issues at different governance levels (European, national, local).

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops as well as individual studies. The course is full-time during the first part of the semester.

During the course you will also meet students who come from different countries and backgrounds, and who provide an interesting and inspiring course atmosphere. The exchange of different experiences is an important part of your learning process.

More information can be found at

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Leili Laanemets
Director of second cycle studies
+46 46 222 93 78
leili [dot] laanemets [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se

Ida Jarbe Holmlund
Programme coordinator
+46 46 222 01 48
info [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se

Max Koch
Course director
+46 46 222 12 68
max [dot] koch [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 credits) in Social Work, or equivalent.

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: Previous college/university studies (APAV): 100 %.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Start Autumn Semester 2021

daytime Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

30 August 2021 - 29 October 2021


Last application date 2021-01-15

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period.
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies.
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

*Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på

Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 27 500

First payment: SEK 27 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions on the University Admissions website.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations