Social Policy and Public Health, M.Sc. in Netherlands

Utrecht University

Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 1 Apr 2019


Do you ever wonder why mothers are more likely than fathers to work part-time and care for their children? Or why some countries oblige unemployment benefit recipients to follow strict activation requirements while others do not? Maybe you’ve thought about what the expected and real-life benefits and challenges of the decentralization of care are? Or how societies are changing as a result of increasing cultural diversity and social inequality?If you are interested in studying such issues, the Social Policy and Public Health program offered by Utrecht University is for you. You will develop knowledge about interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on social policy and interventions, which will help you gain in-depth insight into the methodology and skills needed to research social policy and intervention issues in the domain of health and wellbeing, in particular related to work, care and participation. More specifically, you will look into problems such as:

  • Combining work and care
  • (Youth) unemployment
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Social inequality and exclusion
  • Social care and participation

Program Structure

Courses included:

  • Interventions and Policies I: Practice Orientation
  • Social Risks in Europe: Protection, Activation and Diversity
  • Academic Professional Social Policy and Public Health
  • Interventions and Policies Ii: Research Orientation
  • Key Issues in Social Policy and Public Health

Academic Requirements

  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences from a non-Dutch university (for example Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences) may be admitted if they can prove they have sufficient knowledge of social issues in contemporary society related to health and wellbeing (in particular work, care and participation, and social policy and social intervention theories), and research methods and statistics.
  • Our Admissions Office will first determine whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a 3-year Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university.


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programs starting in February are limited. You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students.

  • Holland Scholarship
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships – For outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

Detailed Program Facts

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