A good Honours degree or equivalent is normally required. This will usually be in a social science, although applications from those with degrees in other disciplines will be considered. Applications are also encouraged from those without an Honours degree who have five years or more relevant work experience in a policy or practice area.
Months of entry
The MA Social Policy aims to explore the development and contemporary context of social policy both in Britain and internationally. A key feature of the programme is the emphasis on understanding social policy developments within its broader economic, social and political context. Students will study a number of core and optional modules covering a wide range of perspectives. It is designed for both home and international students.
The MA Social Policy is made up of 180 credits. This includes 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation (10,000 words). The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of 120 credits of taught modules.
The modules include:
- The Politics of British Social Policy Since 1940
- Introduction to Applied Social Research
- British Social Policy – Beyond Welfare?
- International Social Policy
Plus two courses from a range of options, including:
- Researching Social Policy
- Sectors and Services in British Social Policy
- New Migration and Social Policy
- A range of optional choices from within social sciences
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Information for international students
International students can find details of scholarships on our website
Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
PT attendance: maximum 2 days per week.
Course contact details
- Postgraduate enquiry service
- 0121 414 5005