Taught course

Public Policy and Management (online)

University of York · Department of Social Policy and Social Work

Entry requirements

A good 2nd Class (undergraduate) degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants without undergraduate experience may also be considered if they have sufficient professional background. Experience is required in the public service field. This includes roles in government at national and local level, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services. 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 deadline for the September 2016 intake is the 24th July 2016.

Please note - This programme has changed from being three years in duration to two years. Please contact the Department of Social Policy and Social Work (+44 1904 32 1273) if you have any queries.***

The programme addresses four broad themes:

  • the policy process: how policy-making works and what influences this process;
  • the implementation and delivery of public services;
  • issues that affect both policy making and delivery - for example globalisation and information age government;
  • policy making in a number of specialised areas - for example work and welfare, social security and international development.

Within these areas the programme adopts a social policy perspective, and draws upon the latest thinking and research.

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


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 321234