Taught course

Social Policy and Social Research

UCL - University College London · Social Science

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelors' degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a social science subject, such as sociology, psychology, social policy of history. If you do not meet these requirements, other considerations, such as relevant work experience, may be taken into account. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

Social Policy and Social Research MSc combines theoretical understanding of the policy process with advanced methodologically focused training, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to work efficiently in increasingly complex and challenging policy contexts.

The programme offers a unique opportunity to study how research, along with other forms of evidence and knowledge, connects with and impacts on policy-making and professional practice. It is structured to allow students to customise their degree according to their preferred area of study and future career plans.

The programme is located within the Department of Social Science, a research-intensive department with an outstanding international reputation.

Our central London location and network of partners and alumni gives us access to nationally and internationally prominent guest speakers who give insight into policy as it is formed.

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: up to 4 years;

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


A rich variety of teaching of methods are used including lectures combined with seminars, and individual, small-group and whole-class discussions and exercises. In some modules, students are given the opportunity to develop presentational skills through group projects. The programme includes both face-to-face and online components.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214