Taught course

Applied Social Science

University of the West of Scotland · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should hold a relevant Honours degree at 2:2 or above in any of the subjects below:

  • Any social science
  • Medicine
  • Health
  • Law
  • Social work

You will also be considered if you have a degree in another discipline or other professional training or experience relevant to course specialisms. In order to demonstrate your academic ability you will be required to complete written work and may be invited to attend an interview prior to acceptance.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Applied Social Science is a framework of awards and offers you applied training in a number of specialisms:

  • MSc Applied Social Science (Civil Society & Public Affairs)
  • MSc Applied Social Science (Criminal Justice & Community Practice)
  • MSc Applied Social Science (Global Social Work & Social Policy)

They prepares you to make a difference in policy communities and, as a research-informed suite of Masters awards, they also provides you with the transferable social science research skills and discipline-specific expertise you need to better understand the:

  • Complexities of society
  • Role of multiple organisations in governance systems

The courses are informed by adopting global perspectives and are designed to connect you with policy-makers and influencers.

Our courses reflect the needs of a range of students - ranging from those seeking a qualification for employment, to those already pursuing careers who seek to gain further personal development, and for those wishing to pursue academic or research-orientated careers in the social sciences.

The masters are ideal if you are seeking an inter-disciplinary learning and research experience since it combines core subjects within social science including:

  • Public policy
  • Governance
  • Criminal justice
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social policy
  • Social work

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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