Taught course

MA Social and Public Policy

University of York · Department of Social Policy and Social Work

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification. However, if you have relevant work experience with good academic potential you are encouraged to apply. The programme is aimed at early-to mid-career professionals involved in social policy development or delivering welfare services in government departments and agencies, not-for-profit and voluntary organisations and public/private partnerships. Students will be encouraged to draw on and reflect upon their professional experience in the course of the programme, although there are no formal entry requirements in relation to the length of that experience. 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. For more information, see: www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/international/english/

Months of entry


Course content

***The deadline for the September 2016 intake is the 24th July 2016. ***

The programme broadly addresses four themes:

1. Social policy process: How are social policies made within nation-states? What is the role of institutions, interests, ideas and evidence in this governance process?
2. Social policy in a globalised world: How do global, international and transnational influences filter through the national policy-making process, and how do they impact on the design and the effectiveness of social policies?
3. Social policy, politics and society: Why is social policy making a conflictual process? How do social policies shape society and impact on specific social groups?
4. Social policy and research: How can social policy be analysed? How can research improve the design and implementation of social policies?

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities, please see: http://www.york.ac.uk/study/international/ Information about international fees can be found at: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/international/fees-funding/

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 321234