Comparative Social Policy and Welfare

Knowledge on society. Expertise on policy. Competence in research. A joint approach by three European universities to contemporary societies and social issues.

The Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO) provides an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe and facilitates understanding social policy and welfare issues in global, national and local contexts. In this programme, you are able to develop skills for understanding and analysing the development of societies and for engaging with sustainable welfare and policy solutions.

Our graduates work around the world for national and local governments, private companies, non-governmental organisations, and academia. During the studies, you will learn the dynamics of social policy in countries that represent different welfare models and may choose a specialisation based on your interest in some area of social policy. You will concentrate on comparative designs and practise qualitative and quantitative policy analysis. As a part of the studies, you may improve your future employment prospects by gaining work experience as a trainee or doing voluntary work for three months.

COSOPO combines contact teaching with online learning. You will get experience from three European universities during intensive periods of teaching and may flexibly plan your schedule during the academic year. As a COSOPO student, you will be a member of a student community that extends beyond Tampere to Linz and Vilnius. COSOPO is jointly organised by Tampere University (Finland), Johannes Kepler University (Austria) and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania).

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionTampere University
Fields of studySocial and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Tagseuropeculturemultidisciplinaryinternational relationssocietylanguage
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