Taught course

Two Year Master's in International Social Policy

University of Kent · School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Entry requirements

Undergraduate study at an overseas university or institution in a relevant social sciences field; or, an undergraduate degree from a UK institution where Social Policy has represented a component but not the principal focus of study; or, a relevant foundation degree, ordinary (Bachelors) degree, Diploma of Higher Education or other higher diploma.

Months of entry


Course content

Developed for international students, the Two Year Master's in International Social Policy MA provides an introduction to high-level academic study leading to a recognised postgraduate qualification.

You gain a clear, confident and advanced understanding of the subject while receiving intensive coaching in academic study and writing. Language and study support are also given in the first year to help you achieve your full potential.

The skills you develop on this programme include critical thinking, data analysis and presentation of key findings as well as transferable skills such as time management, IT and problem solving.

Studying the pathway of International Social Policy enables you to apply theories and methods of comparative social policy in exploring specific fields such as health, migration, pensions, education, social care, poverty and social exclusion, urban development and family policy. You learn advanced research techniques becoming equipped to think critically about the development of social welfare systems in a global age.

Course structure

This programme has been designed to equip you with essential skills over the course of two years. Years one and two gradually build your cumulative knowledge in your chosen subject area, alongside developing essentially study skills at a higher level.

Our two year Master's programmes offer a structured and supportive environment in which you can develop both academic and language skills while undertaking postgraduate study at a renowned UK university.

In the first year, you take 45 credits of academic skills and English, and a 30 credit core module in your chosen pathway. In addition, you select 45 credits from a wide range of optional modules at higher or intermediate level.

In the second year you take 120 credits of modules at Master's level and a 60 credit dissertation in a topic of your choosing. The core modules of the second year (80 credits) are: Comparative Social Policy; Design of Social Research; Key Issues in Comparative Social Policy and Critical Social Research: Truth, Ethics and Power.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Social policy, Sociology and Social Research (subject enquiries)
+44 (0)1227 823684
+44 (0) 1227 827005