Entry requirements

Normally a 2(ii) in Social Policy or a related academic discipline. Students with relevant professional experience will also be admitted.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Social policies are ever changing. This degree programme takes stock of the developments and relates them to social, economic and political factors. Theoretical perspectives and methodological implications are introduced. A range of contemporary social policy issues will be discussed. Policies and practices within and across societies are compared. Ethical dimensions of social policy will be pointed out and specialist research training provided.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5).

Fees and funding

The course has ESRC 1+3 (Research training recognition) and the School of Social Sciences also offers occasional bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment65
Dissertation30 (15000 words)
conference presentation5

Course contact details

The School of Social Sciences