Taught course

Comparative and International Social Policy

University of York · Department of Social Policy and Social Work

Entry requirements

Candidates will need an Upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification. However, if you have relevant work experience with good academic potential you may also be considered. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Comparative and International Social Policy provides training in policy analysis and policy research with an international and comparative dimension. It is ideal for those working in, or wishing to work in international policy analysis and policy development in governments, charities and NGOs around the world. The programme adopts a broad international approach, rooted in the conceptual and empirical analyses of higher income countries within the OECD, but adopting these to the study of a broader sample across the globe.

Our MA Comparative programme offers a combination of taught coursework and a supervised dissertation, giving you the opportunity to develop detailed knowledge of social policy in a comparative and international context and to examine, through your own guided research project, aspects of social policy in which you have a particular interest.

The programme is especially targeted at people seeking to develop a career in social and/or policy research. The programme provides training in policy analysis and policy research with an international and comparative dimension.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 321234