Taught course

Social Policy

University of Central Lancashire · School of Social Work, Care and Community

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally have a first degree at Honours Classification 2:2 or above in Social Policy or a related discipline such as Economics, Health Studies, History, Politics or Sociology. Exceptionally, consideration will also be given to applicants with a first degree of Honours Classification of 2:2 or above in other disciplines. Candidates with a professional qualification in social care, health or a related area who do not have a first degree will be asked to demonstrate their suitability for postgraduate study on the basis of an essay of 2000/2500 words on a relevant topic. Candidates may be asked to attend an interview.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Social Policy has been defined as the study of the collective and individual procedures through which people gain access to life-enhancing and sustaining experiences such as education, health care, housing, income during periods of cessation and interruption of earnings, and the care associated with the loss of autonomy and independence. UCLan's MA Social Policy postgraduate degree will be of benefit to professionals working in the world of social welfare, to graduates in Social Policy or a related discipline, and to the interested citizen. There are core modules in poverty and social inequality; comparative social policy and social change; social theory and social policy; the making of social policy; introduction to social research. Newly-introduced modules include a work placement module: social policy in practice, with an alternative choice of a reflecting on policy and practice module for those students already in work who may wish to focus analysis on their current professional role.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

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