Taught course

Comparative Applied Social and Public Policy, Evaluation and Research

University of York · Department of Social Policy and Social Work

Entry requirements

Entrants to MPA CASPPER will have at least 3-years professional experience in a public sector or NGO setting, in addition to 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

MPA CASPPER is aimed at mid-career professionals who wish to obtain advanced study and placement experience and who currently work as or intend to become: policy avisors and analysts, project leaders, policy consultants, policy researchers and evaluators.

This programme specialises in social and public policy analysis and social research, social research and comparative analysis programmes. Our MPA CASPPER programme has a strong comparative cross-national and international focus, and places particular emphasis on the analysis of policy development and policy lessons from within OECD member states.

The international focus is reflected in a number of the core modules: Comparative Social Policy Methods, Comparative Social Policy: Governance, Management and Delivery, and Globalisation and Social Policy. The international focus of the programme is also encompassed within the Applied Policy Transfer Project. The CASSPER programme is based around a combination of social policy analysis and research training modules.

Applicants will embark on a Policy Transfer project during summer term under the advice of a learning mentor and attend a series of master-classes. Applicants will also have the opportunity to present their research in progress to a wider audience during a programme of dissertation workshops and as part of the programme, all students undertake a study placement.

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


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 321234