Public Management and Social Development

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 13.7 k / Year(s)  
201–250 place StudyQA ranking:9934 Duration:24 months


By exploring similarities and differences in contemporary challenges to the welfare of citizens in China and Europe, you will learn to manage and participate in social innovation at the interface between the public and private sectors in China as well as Europe.

China and Europe are facing challenges of equal magnitude, although from opposite perspectives, in the task of securing quality of life for citizens, social mobility and cohesion, and economic competitiveness. In the broad areas of welfare policies and institutional development, very large changes are likely to happen in the course of just a few years.

The purpose of the new MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development is to educate people who can take part in meeting such challenges and changes, with a particular focus on how China and Europe might learn from each other.

In order to understand the background of the current challenges like social mobility or changes in demography, students will be introduced to the emergence and development of Chinese and European societies, cultures, institutions and practices. Seeing the differences and similarities between the two regions will allow you a nuanced approach to meet the challenges.

The solution lies in social innovation that can improve current welfare models. You will investigate the strengths and weaknesses of different models, and find out how they work. And through the use of empirical analyses you will learn how future solutions can be created in cooperation between public and private sectors.

The programme is taught in China with both Chinese and European students and teachers, which means you will be learning both inside and outside the classroom, and the line between study and leisure time is blurred. The experience builds competencies that you could never get from reading a book.

The programme is broad, but leaves room for specialisation within different sectors, public or private. The internship will be a good chance to pursue personal interests.

What gets you the job?
The programme will give you a sound understanding of how welfare models of China and Europe have been constructed in the past, and how innovation can help develop new models to face the new societal challenges. Aside from this more technical and political insight, you will also gain an understanding of Chinese culture and society that goes very deep. This unique combination of skill and insight will be your key selling point when approaching future public or private employers who are interested in doing business in or with China.

Students who enter the programme come from a great variety of academic backgrounds, and this will also reflect on the competencies they get from participating.

Career opportunities
An alumni association for the programme will be created. It will be a tightly-knit group of people concerned with the same issues that in time it will become a strong alumni network which will be a career advantage.

Graduates will have in-depth knowledge of China and the EU from both an academic, a cultural and a personal point of view. They will be able to identify problems in this cross-field and, using social science methods combined with analysis and information retrieval tools, they will be able to create innovative solutions. In addition to this, graduates will have hands-on experience with Chinese language and culture, and with intercultural cooperation.

It is not yet possible to predict exactly where graduates will find career paths. However, you will be qualified to work with project management, strategic, operational and policy development in public organisations, NGOs and private companies concerned with welfare reforms, social development and national business system issues. The global perspective of PMSD opens up a wide range of possibilities, and the immersion in Chinese society enables you to assist the many companies that currently flow into China.

The programme is a two-year masters programme that is divided into 4 semesters. The fall semester runs from September through November with exams in December and January; and the spring semester from February through April with exams in May and June.

First and second semester consist of compulsory courses, third semester of elective courses and fourth semester finishes off the program with the master thesis

Additional options
Public Management and Social Development is taught in Beijing as a collaboration between CBS and the Chinese university GUCAS. You will therefore get a degree from both a Danish and a Chinese University. The programme is one of four (seven in 2013) programmes under the Sino-Danish Centre.

It is a two- year programme with eight mandatory courses over the first two semesters. On the third semester there is an internship, where you get to use the acquired knowledge actively and gain valuable practical experience in a sector of interest. In the fourth semester you will write your Masters thesis to complete the programme.

The programme follows the Chinese calendar, which means that holidays differ from those in Europe. For example, there is no Christmas holiday, but a longer holiday in February in connection with the Chinese New Year.

Course overview
1. Semester * Comparing Societies and Business Systems (7.5 ECTS)

* Government & Business (7.5 ECTS)

* Research Methodology (7.5 ECTS)

* Organisation and Management (7.5 ECTS)

2. Semester * Social Policies and Welfare States (7.5 ECTS)

* Welfare Challenges and Social Reforms (7.5 ECTS)

* Social Innovation (7.5 ECTS)

* Elective course or seminar (7.5 ECTS)

3. Semester * Internship (30 ECTS)

4. Semester * Master's Thesis

You are qualified for (but not guaranteed) admission to this programme if you:A) fulfil the language requirement, andB) fulfil the general entry requirement of having an academic bachelor degree within the social sciencesAs the MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development is jointly offered by CBS and GUCAS special rules apply concerning tuition fee.Selection criteriaThe programme has a limited number of places; if there are more applicants fulfilling the entry requirements than places available, a selection of applicants will take place. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 91

CBS welcomes scholarship applications from graduate applicants, who come from countries outside of EU/EEA and need a student residence permit to study at CBS, regardless of gender, age, nationality and religion - we are interested in your motivation and your academic background.


Each scholarship consists of a tuition fee waiver and a monthly scholarship of DKK 5,500 to cover living costs in Denmark (the equivalent of SU, the State Educational Grant given to Danish students). The grant is paid out in advance every month and has a maximum duration of 22 months, starting 1 September the year you are accepted. The grant is taxable in Denmark according to the rules and regulations governing income from grants and tax exemption for developing countries.

In 2012 CBS offered 25 scholarships.


You may be considered for a scholarship if you:

* are a non-EU/EEA citizen
* need a student residence permit to study at CBS
* apply online at Admission Flow by 1 February, 12 noon
* upload documentation and a motivational essay by 1 February, 12 noon

Students who receive a CBS scholarship may not receive a scholarship from their home country and are not entitled to SU (Danish State Educational Grant) or any other type of public support in Denmark.

To keep receiving the scholarship, recipients must be active students throughout the prescribed duration of their studies at CBS.


If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must apply for admission no later than 1 February 12 noon - no matter if you are a Group A or a Group B applicant at Admission Flow.

When you apply for admission you must indicate that you wish to be considered for a scholarship and you are to upload a motivational essay. A selection committee will make a recommendation to the CBS President, who will make the final decision as to which applicants will be offered a scholarship.

Applicants who are offered a scholarship will be notified of this by 1 March at the latest via Admission Flow. If you are offered a scholarship, you have until 15 March 12 noon to accept the scholarship.


Since 2000 CBS has been accredited by EQUIS, and since 2007 also by AMBA. August 1st 2011 CBS received accreditation by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as the first school in Scandinavia. CBS has thus acquired 'The Triple Crown', an acknowledgement only shared by around 50 business schools worldwide. These schools all belong the the absolute top business schools and include schools such as INSEAD, London Business School, IMD, and Rotterdam School of Management.

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Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Foreign:$ 10.9 k / Year(s)
106 place StudyQA ranking: 10873