The Faculty of Medicine at Heidelberg University offers a postgraduate double degree International Program “Master of Science in Social Protection” (one degree with two separate certificates, issued by the partner Universitity) in cooperation with National Economics University, Institute of Public Policy and Management (IPPM), Hanoi, Vietnam. Workload and learning outcomes of the course are measured by using both, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and the ASEAN Credit Transfer System (ACTS) (http://apps.acts.ui.ac.id/index.php/home). For full completion, the International Master Program in Social Protection awards 90 ECTS, or the equivalent number of 60 ACTS.
The master’s programme is designed for qualified and future-coming experts and managers from policy and technical departments of social security institutions, private companies and the public administration in social protection. The focus is on participants from Southeast Asia and European countries, but the course is open also for interested and qualified participants from other world regions.
The advanced degree programme aims at conveying in-depth and inter-disciplinary knowledge in the area of Social Protection. The graduates will be able to further develop and make a substantial contribution to the development of viable, sustainably funded, efficient, effective and equitable social protection systems to meet future socio-economic challenges. Each of the modules is based on cooperation between academic partners (the mediation of theoretical knowledge) and relevant specialized institutions to ensure the practical implementation and operation of the social security systems. The course includes close cooperation between academic and professional institutions in the field of social security.
With the accomplishment of the Master’s course, the graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in managing different aspects of essential social protection instruments (targeting, enrolments, payments, administration supportive IT)
- Analyse the current situation and challenges as regards the gap between demand for and supply of SP programmes
- Examine the risks faced by individuals and communities and its potential responses by SP programmes
- Criticize current SP and related policies and their implementation
- Propose solutions for improving the landscape of a social protection system
- Formulate new SP interventions and forecast their potential impacts
- Manage complex business process of SP programmes
- Evaluate the implication of SP programmes on broader policy objectives and draw recommendations for different stakeholders.
Disciplinary and interdisciplinary profile (outcomes) of the academic programme:
- International and regional orientation
- A “double” degree, which is awarded by two universities and qualification to practice profession in this field.
- International accreditation
- Lectures with extensive academic background and providing from institutions or professional settings working on social protection.
- Internship at a European or Asian professional institutions in Social Protection.
1st semester: Basis modules (foundational studies) at NEU in Vietnam including additional online course either in financing pension systems or financing health systems;
2nd semester: Advanced modules in Germany / Europe – Heidelberg University, Greifswald University, Maastricht School of Governance, one of the various internship at institutions in social protection in Germany /EU/country in Southeast Asia;
3rd Semester: Specialization modules at the NEU in Vietnam, including the Master’s thesis.
The programme includes a number of compulsory modules and one elective module as well as a minimum one-month internship at a German/European or Asian professional institution with a high degree of flexibility to allow using parallel lectures and group work for the detailed analysis in various fields of social security. Furthermore, the basic modules on health systems financing and pension systems financing will be offered exclusively as e-learning courses. The final master thesis particularly aims at working to implement research in various fields of social protection.
Admission to the program is only permitted in the winter semester. The deadline for application for 2018–2019 is July 31st 2018. The application deadline for each next course is April 30th each year (cut-off period).
To be admitted to this international master’s programme, students are required to provide:
- Evidence of an above-average degree — at last 3 years Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, study with diploma medical degree programme (medicine or dentistry)
- Evidence about at least 1 year relevant work experience
- English proficiency must be proven with an international certificate, or with an equivalent document. If English is the native language or if studies had been largely completed in an English-speaking country, the relevant evidence shall be sufficient. German language is not required for completion of the course.
- All application documents have to be submitted to a common to all universities online platform. After the first pre-selection of the candidates, the admission commission decides about the admission of applicants according to the formal criteria.
- The application will be rejected, if:
- requirements are not fulfilled
- If the applicant has lost their entitlement to take final examinations in the Master’s degree programme in International Health/Magister in social protection or in a programme with similar content, or is currently involved in an examination procedure in one of these academic programmes.
|1st and 3rd Hanoi||6.950 €|
|2nd Heidelberg||10.800 €|
Heidelberg University additionally charges an administration fee for each semester. Tuition fees do not include accommodation and other personal living expenses.
Unfortunately we cannot offer any scholarships but to give you an idea of how to find support please see:
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