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Please notice that the programme is not on offer in 2024.

Entry requirement

To apply for the Master's programme in Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies you need a relevant Bachelor's degree.
You can apply if you hold a university bachelor degree in:

  • Social Science with a minor subject (tilvalg) from SDU – gives you a legal claim for admission
  • All Social sciences
  • Political Science
  • Social Work
  • History
  • Areas studies
  • International Negotiation - Economics, language and culture

You can also apply if you hold a university bachelor's degree within Humanities if your degree includes a minimum of 20 ECTS points of courses belonging to the following areas:

  • Comparative politics, comparative policies
  • International relations, European studies
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Research methods
  • Contemporary history

Applicants who do not have the required basis for admission, but who, based on a University College level education, are assessed as possessing the necessary preconditions for being able to complete the programme, may apply to the University for admission.

Admission may be conditional on the passing of one or more supplementary examinations.

Language requirements

The programme requires proficiency in English as well as Danish.


If you apply on grounds of a Danish Bachelor's programme instructed in Danish, there is no need for further documentation of your proficiency in Danish. 

If your Bachelor's degree isn't from Denmark, you must submit proof of your proficiency in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or Icelandic. This applies to Danish citizens as well.

Please note that at least one mandatory course will be taught in Danish.


All applicants are required to prove their proficiency in English. See the English and Danish language requirements.

Selection criteria 

There is a limited number of study places in the programme.

If there are more qualified applicants than study places, applicants are selected based on the grade point average of the qualifying degree. If the degree is not completed at the time of application, the grade point average is calculated based on the courses passed at the time of application. 

As a bachelor's student at SDU, you can apply for permission to follow up to 30 ECTS Master's level courses even though you have yet to complete your Bachelor's degree.

You can be granted permission if you have the necessary academic qualifications. The progression of your Bachelor’s programme is crucial to the outcome of your application.

Check to see whether you fulfil the conditions

By choosing your faculty below you can see which conditions you generally must fulfil to be permitted to take Master’s level courses. Please acquaint yourself with the rules before you apply for permission since you must indicate in your application whether you fulfil the conditions or not. Read more here.

If you have previously been admitted to the programme, or already are, then special rules may apply when you apply for admission.

Find the scenario that suits you and read more: Re-enrolment, transferring and change og programme

Have you completed a Master's programme?

If you've already obtained a Master's degree, you can only be admitted to a new programme if there are vacant study places in the programme.

Learn more about rule and the possibility to apply for exemption

Have you completed another type of study programme?

As long as you do not hold a Master's degree, you are free to apply for admission to a new programme.