Social Policy Analysis

Course Information
  • Subject: Social Sciences, Policy
  • Level: Master
  • Type of Degree: MSc
  • Cost: EUR 1,951 2015/2016

Course description

IMPALLA is a one-year advanced master programme. What makes it a special and unique MSc?

  • Highest standard training in social policy research, favourably comparable with similar international programmes
  • Relevant international contacts, with partner universities, with renowned professors and with students from all over the world
  • Highly supportive environment with easy access to libraries, to international research data, to ICT-facilities, to course material
  • Excellent daily support and guidance from Assistant Professors and administrative staff
  • Being in the heart of applied and comparative social policy research
  • Substantial financial support during your study, e.g. for accommodation
  • International recognition of your diploma
  • Quick moving on to high quality research work in organisations and research centres, or to PhD

The curriculum is about international comparative social policy research and applying theoretical knowledge to empirical analysis by using statistical methods and data handling.

The programme begins with an intensive set of introductory courses in social sciences, statistics and methodology, followed by core lectures. The lectures covering the theoretical aspects of the programme are spread out over two terms and are complemented by group work and individual exercises related to the subjects studied in class. Most courses are held in G.D. Luxembourg, and the programme includes a three-month stay at KU Leuven in Belgium during which students receive further teaching and training.

About IMPALLA and its institutions

CEPS and KULeuven launched the IMPALLA master programme on August 19, 2002. In 2003, 2004 and 2005, three associate institutes joined: Université de Nancy (now Université de Lorraine), the newly established Uni.Lu, and Tilburg University respectively. IMPALLA was subject to thorough external evaluation of its standards a first time in 2006-2007, followed by accreditation by the NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse accreditatieorganisatie) in February 2009.

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