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.

Programme Structure


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)

• Research Methods (7,5 ECTS)

• Science and Innovation Policy (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:

• Comparative Policy Processes (7,5 ECTS)

• Business and Global Governance (7,5 ECTS)

• Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (7,5 ECTS)

• Comparing Social Policies: Welfare States in Theory and Practice (7,5 ECTS)


In the third semester you have three options to choose from:


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. (30 ECTS)


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. (30 ECTS)


Studies at another university in Denmark, China or elsewhere letting you immerse yourself in a topic that complements the programme. (30 ECTS)


The fourth semester completes the programme by doing your Master’s thesis (30 ECTS). 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.


Nakki interns at the Danish Cultural Center

On the third semester of the programme, Naghmeh Salami is doing her internship at the Danish Cultural Center, which is located in the 798 Art District in Beijing.

Nakki studies Public Management and Social Development

Take a stroll in the 798 Art District in Beijing with Danish student Naghmeh Salami and learn what she has experienced as a Public Management and Social Development student.


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.

Academic Regulations

Course Catalogues


Contact Alumni

If you have further questions, please take a look at the FAQ on the Going to study in China page.

For questions regarding specific courses, admission or

practical matters please contact SDC at:

For first-hand questions regarding living and studying in China, you may contact recent Public Management and Social Development graduate Christine Berntsen at

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Christine had to leave China after the first semester in 2020.

Or you can reach out to Cassandra Tong Ban Garner at, who graduated in 2022 and took the full programme online due to the COVID-19 situation in China.

Our alumni do not represent SDC, but will answer your questions on the basis of their own personal experiences.

SDC alumni

Heads of the Programme

Danish Head of Public Management and Social Development

Professor with special responsibilities Duncan Wigan

Department of Organization

Copenhagen Business School

Chinese Head of Public Management and Social Development

Professor Wang Haiyan

School of Public Policy and Management

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Social Sciences Research Theme


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Adam Kadduri


Economics and Business Administration, International Business

University of Southern Denmark


Policy Assistant, European Commission

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Lasse Hangaard


Public Administration, Aalborg University


Organizational Consultant, The Danish Ministry of Taxation

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Selma Mahamed


Business Administration & Service Management, Service & Innovation

Copenhagen Business School


Administrative Officer, Ministry of Finance of Denmark