Taught course

Policy into Practice

University of Birmingham · School of Social Policy

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

Policy into Practice is part of a suite of programmes designed primarily for international students who are government officers or policy officers, researchers or practitioners in non-governmental organisations who have work experience in social policy areas. The study of Policy into Practice concerns the development and nature of government interventions aimed at ensuring the welfare needs of their populations are met, and the ways those interventions are put into effect. Starting from an examination of UK social policy, the programme widens out to examine the experience and challenges facing other countries, as well as to study UK social policy in more depth. Some programmes include the opportunity to have a work-based placement within one or more public, private or third sector organisations in the West Midlands area.

The programme introduces students to the study of Social Policy and Practice and considers current and future political, economic and demographic contexts of policy making around the world.

The programme consists of four compulsory modules:

  • Sectors and Services in British Social Policy
  • International Social Policy
  • Human Resources: Managing People in times of Global Change
  • Urban Poverty and Development

and two optional modules from:

  • Introduction to Applied Social Research
  • Researching Social Policy
  • Social Policy: Beyond Welfare?
  • New Migration and Super Diversity
  • Social Policy into Practice: learning through volunteering (pending approval)
  • Managing Public Money
  • Social Analysis of Poverty Development
  • Understanding Organisations
  • Social Marketing for Social Justice
  • Introduction to Disaster Management

Plus, other modules offered in the College of Social Sciences.

Those studying for an MA also undertake a 60-credit dissertation.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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0121 414 5005