Taught course

European Social Policy

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

- First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. or - an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed for:

  • Those developing careers as policy analysts and applied researchers in national, European or international social or public policy organisations
  • Middle and senior ranking staff in the public, private or voluntary sectors of social policy as a mid-career re-training
  • Prospective PhD students.

The programme combines the academic study of European Social Policy with a comprehensive exploration of research methods and skills. This takes place within an active research community where students are supported in identifying, investigating and realising their own original research.

The programme intake is limited to 16 students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Programme Structure:
Core units:

  • Short research apprenticeship project (MRes)
  • Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods
  • Long research apprenticeship project
  • Research for policy: concepts, methods and values
  • Comparative European social policy
  • Qualitative methods 1
  • Principles & skills of social research
  • MRes Disseration

Optional units:

  • Globalisation & economic insecurity: social policy challenges
  • Quantitative methods 2
  • Qualitative methods 2
  • Comparative research methods

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components); TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#socialpolicy
International students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#socialpolicy

View information on the funding opportunities on our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-60 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
4 months
part time
16 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 1225 386634