The Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven is home to approximately three thousand students, about fifty professors, and two hundred research assistants. The faculty’s objective is to contribute to the quality of society and analyze and inform societal trends through its education and research. Our programs are thus closely linked to current events. As a student, you will closely track the developments of contemporary, fast-paced and changing society.

The topical and innovative aspect of our programs is also to be found in our modern infrastructure. Our campus is equipped with advanced teaching technology, Wi-Fi, a library exclusively devoted to social sciences, a media center with a usability lab and observation mirror and a meeting center with video conferencing equipment. Via the interactive digital learning environment (Toledo) and our online student portal, you can check the online notice board, consult study materials and contribute to the discussion forum.

Our programs also have a strong international orientation, both as a result of their content and through international student exchange. The faculty also offers English language Advanced Master’s programs.

Education at the Faculty of Social Sciences is based on the excellent scientific research of the various research departments of the faculty. Our scholars are active in a national and international context and publish their results in very varied forms ranging from governmental policy reports to articles in renowned periodicals.

In addition to education and scientific research, student guidance is the third great pillar of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Students at our faculty are never left to their own devices. A committed team of professors and study councilors are always there to coach you.


Welcome to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, one of the oldest universities in Europe. We offer high-quality education based on cutting-edge international scientific research and excellent, wide-ranging student facilities. Leuven is a picturesque historic town, but one that is bustling with life and lives at a student’s rhythm.

Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programs, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programs at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp.

Mission statement

KU Leuven fulfills its mission by providing high-quality interdisciplinary research and education with a Catholic signature.

Programmes taught in:
  • English (US)
  • Dutch

This school also offers:


KU Leuven: Faculty of Social Sciences

This program combines academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policy-making and administration within Europe, with a concern for the pra ... [+]

This program combines academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policy-making and administration within Europe, with a concern for the practical challenges professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions face at the sub-state, state, and EU level. MEPP has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European Countries on the other hand.

What is the Master of European Politics and Policies all about?

Looking for a career in the ever-growing field of European public administration and European organizations? The advanced MSc in European Politics and Policies (MEPP) program is your foot in the door.... [-]

Belgium Leuven
Request Info
English (US)
Full time
Part time
1 year
Read more in English