Taught course

Social Policy

University of Birmingham · School of Social Policy

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Entry requirements

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


Course content

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.

Programme content

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.

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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

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    PT attendance: maximum 2 days per week.

Course contact details

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