Taught course

Social and Public Policy

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first- or second-class undergraduate degree in a humanities or social sciences subject. However, other applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate, through recent and relevant experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing, and at least 5.5 in all other sub-sections.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Social and Public Policy aims to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual and analytical tools to examine contemporary social and public policies in both national and international contexts. It will enable students to draw on theories and concepts and interpret a range of forms of evidence in analysing policy developments and their social impacts. Students will conduct their own analysis and will present these in written work and oral presentations. In addition to specialist modules which deepen students’ understandings of social and public policy analysis, students will undertake modules in social science and research methods. The skills developed on these modules will enable students to complete their own dissertation on a social or public policy topic of their choice.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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