The graduate program Social Policy offers an internationally renowned, two-year curriculum that enables successful candidates to enter into positions in international organizations, government administration, welfare associations or civil society organisations. The interdisciplinary master's degree program includes courses in the origins and development of the welfare state and of civil society and seminars focusing on the analysis of European welfare regimes and the challenges they face within a globalized context. International and comparative social policy and specialized studies in selected areas of social policy as well as the development and effects of social policy measures are also part of the advanced curriculum.
The Università degli Studi di Milano (MA Management of Human Resources and Labour Studies) and the University of Bremen (MA Sozialpolitik) have jointly developed a double degree programme, which will start in the winter semester 2015/16. Students will spend a year each at the university of Bremen and Milan receiveing two master certificates after the successful completion of all requirements. Since the programme is an extension of the MEST programme and the specialisation "European Labour Studies" it offers an interdisciplinary education in the field of European industrial relations with a particular focus on Germany and Italy.
The two programmes in Bremen and Milan have different focal points: Bremen has a strong social policy orientation while Milan offers a sociological and human resource perspective. Both programmes focus on welfare state institutions and industrial relations. Additionally, both programmes qualify for research-oriented jobs in all areas of social policy and industrial relations, e.g. in international organizations, government departments, welfare organisations or community associations.