Master of European Social Security (LLM)


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About Master of European Social Security at KU Leuven

This one-year advanced master's programme deals with social security and social protection from a legal, economic, sociological, administrative and philosophical perspective. In addition to being multidisciplinary, the curriculum contains a strong comparative and multinational component focusing on the provision of social protection rights across Europe.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this Master must have a university degree, obtained after at least four years of study in one of the following fields: law, criminology, economics and applied economic sciences, political sciences, sociology or communication sciences, public health, medicine or dentistry.

More specifically, this means that they need a Master's degree (or equivalent degree). Applicants must also have taken at least one course (equivalent to a minimum of 5 credits) relating to social security in order to obtain this university degree. In exceptional cases, especially when the applicant shows long-term involvement in social security, persons with another academic degree may be admitted upon motivated request.

The order of admission to this advanced Master's programme (selection) is determined by the scientific research capacities of the applicant (as showed by his/her study and/or research record), the possible experience of the applicant in the social security area (e.g. as administrator) and the openness of the applicant to other disciplines and other national contexts as well as his/her European orientation. A good proficiency in English is an absolute prerequisite and should be evidenced by the applicant. A fair distribution between male and female participants as well as between the various countries of origin will be aimed at.

This Master of European Social Security is limited to a maximum of about 35 participants. A group of about 10 students per year is considered a minimum. The minimum and maximum numbers of participants are determined in function of the way this programme is conceived. Considering the fact that the emphasis is on working in smaller groups (of about 4/5 students), at least two of such groups should be possible (a.o. for questioning each other). The maximum number is also linked to our highly interactive approach. Our restricted number of staff also does not allow the individual guidance of a high number of participants.

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