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Structure of the Master of Science in Social Protection

Duration of study, programme structure and range of courses offered

The stan­dard peri­od of study for the Master’s degree pro­gramme totals 3 semes­ters (18 months), includ­ing Mas­ter the­sis com­ple­tion and exam­i­na­tion. A pos­si­bil­i­ty for one semes­ter (6 months) exten­sion is giv­en at the part­ner uni­ver­si­ty in Asia. Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the Master’s degree pro­gramme requires that stu­dents com­plete cours­es nec­es­sary to gain a total of 90 ECTS. The Master’s pro­gramme is a mod­u­lar pro­gramme. Of the 90 cred­its gained, 30 are to be gained in the Basic mod­ules in Asia (1. Semes­ter); 30 cred­it points in Advanced mod­ules in Ger­many / Europe (2. Semes­ter); and 30 cred­it points for the Advanced mod­ules in Asia (either Indone­sia or Viet­nam) and Master’s the­sis (3. Semes­ter).

1st semes­ter: Basis mod­ules (foun­da­tion­al stud­ies) at the 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 insti­tu­tion in social pro­tec­tion in Ger­many /EU / Viet­nam, Philip­pines, Cam­bo­dia, or any oth­er coun­try in South­east Asia or in oth­er part of the world;

3rd Semes­ter: Spe­cial­iza­tion mod­ules either at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Indone­sia or NEU in Viet­nam, includ­ing the Master’s the­sis.

Foundational studies, advanced modules, specialization and examination

The pro­gramme includes a num­ber of com­pul­so­ry mod­ules and three elec­tive mod­ules (Spe­cial­iza­tion) 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 oth­er train­ing for­mats in var­i­ous fields of social secu­ri­ty. Fur­ther­more, the basic mod­ules on intro­duc­tion to 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.

For more detailed infor­ma­tion please click here: Pro­gram overview

Examination components

1. Writ­ten exam­i­na­tions (in elec­tron­ic form where applic­a­ble)
2. Oral exam­i­na­tions
3. Master’s the­sis. 
In the exam­i­na­tion for the “Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Social Pro­tec­tion”, can­di­dates should illus­trate that they pos­sess the knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary in the field of Social pro­tec­tion. The pur­pose of the Master’s exam­i­na­tion is to assess whether stu­dents have an overview of the inter­con­nec­tions with­in their sub­ject, have the abil­i­ty to apply in-depth aca­d­e­m­ic meth­ods and knowl­edge, and are able to work inde­pen­dent­ly in accor­dance with aca­d­e­m­ic prin­ci­ples. 
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