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European and Chinese development

At the core of the programme are questions of how the public and private sectors interact to produce or retard social development and innovation. The programme explores the processes that condition this interaction and how this interaction is best managed to optimise welfare, governance and market outcomes.

China and Europe both face challenges in the task of securing quality of life for citizens, social mobility and cohesion, and economic competitiveness, although in differing ways.

Learn about the Chinese and the European contexts and explore the various challenges that face the project of development in both contexts. You acquire a broad knowledge about how different welfare, governance and market models work. You investigate the strengths and weaknesses of these models and consider ways forward regarding welfare policies and institutional development.

The focus on Europe and China plays into the increasing significance of the relationship between them and invites students to become part of forging the future of that relationship.

Living and studying in Beijing you benefit from conditions that help you get the most out of the experience. Learning occurs inside and outside the classroom. Your fellow students are European and Chinese. The programme can be complemented with an internship in a relevant organisation.

On completion of the programme you receive a double degree: Master of Science in Social Sciences Public Management and Social Development from Copenhagen Business School, and Master of Management with major in Public Management, Administration Management from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Semesters

The first semester introduces different social and economic systems, explores relationships between government and business, investigates organisation and management, and teaches you how to design, plan and implement research.

Semester one is comprised of the following courses:


• Comparing Societies and Economic Systems (7,5 ECTS)
• Government and Business (7,5 ECTS)
• Research Methods (7,5 ECTS)
• Organisation and Management (7,5 ECTS)
The second semester introduces social policy and policy analysis tools. It explores the relationships between business and global governance and innovation that creates societal benefits.

Semester two is comprised of the following courses:


• Comparing Social Policies: Welfare States in Theory and Practice (7,5 ECTS)
• Business and Global Governance (7,5 ECTS)
• Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (7,5 ECTS)
• Comparative Policy Processes (7,5 ECTS)
In the third semester you have three options to choose from:

1)
An internship in a public organisation, an NGO or a private company.

This is a great opportunity for you to put the theories and methods into practice. The internship must have an educational aim as well as contribute to the development or the operations of the host organisation.

What kind of organisation you choose depends on your personal interests. Former students have done internships in China and across Asia at e.g. embassies, Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), Siemens and United Nations Industrial agencies.

2)
A research-based project where you formulate, analyse and provide solutions to a management, organisational or policy problem through theoretical reflections and empirical research.

The project should preferably be done in cooperation with a company, a government agency, an NGO or an international organization.

3)
Studies at another university in Denmark, China or elsewhere letting you immerse yourself in a topic that complements the programme.
The fourth semester completes the programme by doing your Master’s thesis. This is a great opportunity to focus exclusively on a topic of your interest.

The thesis can be done in collaboration with an organisation, focusing on a topic relevant to that organisation.

Courses may be subject to change.


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Career

As a graduate you have a fundamental knowledge of the institutions of the welfare state and you have gained awareness of different systems of society, cultures and governing structures.

You will be able to combine a broad knowledge of the interaction between the public and the private sector in different systems of society with a strong competence in methodology and thereby take part in creating new solutions.

Typical job opportunities will be 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 the programme opens up a wide range of possibilities, and the immersion in Chinese society enables you to assist companies operating on the Chinese markets.

Admission

You apply through Copenhagen Business School. To find out if you are qualified go to cbs.dk. Deadline is 1 March.

Tuition

Tuition is 40 000 RMB a year. Please read the following carefully to see if you have to pay tuition to attend the programme.

Danish citizens


You have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are not enrolled at a Danish university. However, you may be eligible to receive the Danish “Udlandsstipendium” to cover your tuition fee. To find out if you are eligible, please go to SU-styrelsen. Most Danish citizens will be eligible.

You do NOT have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are enrolled at a Danish University – either in a Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or a Danish supplementary course in connection to a Danish Bachelor or Danish professional bachelor programme.

Non-EU citizens


For all non-EU citizens the tuition fee for all MSc programmes at SDC is
40,000 RMB a year.

EU/EØS citizens


You have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are not enrolled as a student at a Danish university either in a Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or supplementary courses.
However, if you are equated with Danish citizens, who are required to pay tuition, you may be eligible to receive the Danish Udlandsstipendium (scholarship for studying abroad) to cover tuition.
To find out if you are eligible, please go to SU-styrelsen (The Danish Education Support Agency) for more information.

You do not have to pay tuition if at the time of application are enrolled at a full Danish Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or a Danish supplementary course.

Meet Naghmeh "Nakki" Salami

Meet Naghmeh Salami, who is a second year student on the Public Management and Social Development Master's programme.

Take a walk with her in the 798 art district in Beijing, where she is doing her internship at the Danish Cultural Center and find out what she thinks about doing an internship and studying Public Management and Social Development at SDC.

Contact current student

If you are curious about what it is like to study Public Management and Social Development at SDC, you are welcome to contact current student Kathrine Faurholt at kathrinefaurholt@hotmail.com
The contact student does not represent SDC but will answer your questions on the basis of his/her own personal experiences. The contact student is available for questions concerning study environment, campus life and the like.

For course specific questions, please contact the head of the master’s programme or programme coordinator below.

For further information on studying at SDC in Beijing, check out the content and FAQ on the Going to study in China subpage.

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Heads of the Educational Programme

Danish Head of Public Management and Social Development
Associate Professor Duncan Wigan
Department of Business and Politics
Copenhagen Business School

Chinese Head of Public Management and Social Development
Assistant Professor Chen Lv
School of Public Policy and Management
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences