Master in Social Research (Local Government and Public Policy) - Máster en Investigación Social (Gobiernos Locales y Políticas Públicas)
1. A complete Bachelor´s degree in Public Administration, Political Science or a related discipline from a recognised university.
2.Competency in Social Science Research Methodology (quantitative and qualitative)Due to the strong academic nature of this programme, it is essential that students have basic research skills.
3. A proficiency in English
•A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 22
•A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.5
•Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
New challenges for public governments flow from long-term trends such as globalisation, changing information and communication technologies, climate change, and societal fragmentation caused by migration, individualisation, and cultural pluralisation. Solid research is necessary to understand and properly react to these social transformations.
This two year Master’s programme starts each September and comprises three pillars.
The first pillar contains the core theoretical themes in the fields of Public Administration and Organisation Science, such as public policy, public management, bureaucracy and public service, and human resource management. It provides a solid foundation in the philosophy of science and a wide variety of research methods. It offers room to develop your personal interests through a tailor-made tutorial.
The second pillar consists of a broad range of Philosophy of Science and Research Methods courses.
The third pillar consists of the final research project, resulting in a thesis. A policy-oriented research project typically involves a specific organisation or policy problem. The aim of the project is to offer advice on a current issue, and this requires you to conduct research in a real-life setting. A theory-oriented research project involves the writing of an academic article or the formulation of a detailed PhD proposal, which can serve as the basis for a future PhD project.
(Please note that completing this Master´s programme does not automatically guarantee you a PhD position).
•Individual and small group assignments and presentations
•On-site visits with leading researchers and knowledge institutes
•Research thesis traject with seminars, group work (including peer feedback), virtual discussion boards, and individual supervision