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.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Social Policy is a modular course that offers the opportunity to engage in a discussion of some of the most important issues of a world characterised by profound cultural, demographic, economic, political and technological change. It will be of relevance and benefit to professionals who work in one or other sector of the mixed economy of welfare, to graduates in social policy or a related discipline such as economics, health studies, history, philosophy, politics and sociology, and to the interested citizen.

The course aims to:

Provide an intellectually challenging range of modules that focus on a number of the most important theoretical perspectives at the "cutting edge" of the subject.

Apply an advanced critical perspective to social policy issues relevant to your professional and/or academic situation.

Encourage you to develop a framework of knowledge, critical understanding and analytical skills that can be used as a basis for both professional and personal development.

Students are required to complete 6 taught, single modules, all of which are compulsory, together with a triple module dissertation or a research topic of the student's choice (after discussion with a member of staff). There is one optional choice, in that students must choose either SP 4004 Social Policy in Practice or SW 4066 Reflecting on Policy, Politics and Practice. The taught modules are:

  • SP4001 Poverty and Social Inequality: Perspectives from History
  • SP4002 Comparative Social Policy and Social Change
  • SP4003 Social Theory and Social Policy
  • SW4012 The Making of Social Policy
  • SP4004 Social Policy in Practice


  • SW4066 Reflecting on Policy, Politics and Practice
  • SW4027 Introduction to Social Research
  • SP4991 Dissertation.

The course is available on both a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time students are expected to complete the course within 12 months and part-time students within two to three years. Full-time students study all modules in one academic year and will normally attend classes on two days per week each semester. Attendance for part-time students will be on a late afternoon and early evening basis on one day a week (4.00pm-8.00pm). For part-time students most of the classroom teaching and learning will be completed by the end of the first semester of the second year. Semester 2 of the second year is devoted to students' independent study for their dissertation which is underpinned by individual academic tutorials and a research methods module designed to facilitate the successful completion of the dissertation.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
part time
24-60 months


part time
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full time
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Course contact details

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