Taught course

Social Policy

University of Salford · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

A Bachelors degree with honours; normally a 2:2 and above. An equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at Honours level. A graduate diploma or graduate certificate from a UK university. Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Months of entry


Course content

3 good reasons to study Social Policy at Salford:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to research and evaluate key issues in Social Policy
  • Develop contemporary knowledge of Social Policy issues, and draw on the research expertise of the Social Policy team
  • Undertake a community placement enabling you to integrate theory and practice, and enhance your personal career profile

Course Summary

This course will enable you to develop your critical abilities, linking theory and ideologies to policy and practice. You will develop an advanced understanding of social policies in a national and international context. You will also gain the skills required to carry out a sustained and original piece of critical research if take the full Masters.

During your time with us you can take a community placement, which will enrich your understanding of the impact of social policies.

Suitable For

This course is suitable for graduates with a degree in Social Policy, the Social Sciences, or a degree/professional qualification in Housing, Health or Social Welfare, the Voluntary Sector, Citizenship or Comparative Studies.

Applicant profile

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent, or have a professional qualification/work experience that relates to this degree. You will have an interest in social issues and problems, welfare interventions, social policies, and the way that these impact on the well-being of individuals and groups at the national and global level. An ability to be a reflexive learner, to manage your own work, and to be open to new ideas, and developing new skills is essential. You will also need good communication skills, and be able to express yourself clearly in the English language – both verbally, and in written work. This degree is suitable for full and part-time home and international students.

Information for international students

You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

Fees and funding

Fees 2014-15

Full-time £5,100

Part-time £1,850 for Year 1

Full-time International £12,800

Fees 2015-16

Full-time £5,200

Part-time £1,885 for Year 1

Full-time International £13,050

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 295 4545
+44 (0) 161 295 4646