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International Social Welfare and Social Policy MSc

International Social Welfare and Social Policy MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Policy / Administration International Politics

Course type


Course Summary


Do you want a career that gets to the heart of society’s problems and changes people’s lives? Gain the skills to identify key social challenges and analyse and identify policies used to address them on this interdisciplinary master’s course.

Studying social welfare and social policy will allow you to focus on the areas of most importance to people’s lives, including education, housing, health, and criminal justice, giving you the skills and understanding to make a difference to people’s lives at local, national and international levels.

On our master’s course, you will explore these and many other issues, comparing different strategies and policies across different countries, and from the perspective of many different disciplines, including politics, criminology and psychology.


You will be assessed using methods that best allow us to assess your development throughout the course, and that relate to the kind of work you can expect to produce in your future career. These include essays, reports, case studies and debates - there are no exams in this course. You will also receive plenty of group workshops and individual supervised support for your Major Project.


The skills and knowledge you pick up on this master’s course will prepare you for a career in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) (including community organisations, charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations), employment in governmental organisations and academic organisations. Our past graduates have gone on to work in education, poverty reduction, charities and NGOs, consultancies, and government bodies both in Britain and overseas. You might also choose to continue onto a research degree, such as our PhD/MPhil International Relations or PhD/MPhil Sociology. You will also gain Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip.

Different course options

Full time | Cambridge Campus | 13 months | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


13 months

Start date



This 60 credit module will support you in the preparation and submission of your Master's Major project and involves a dissertation of 14,000 words or the equivalent. You will be expected to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to your specialism. The project will involve the ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in your research or professional practice. It aims to help you expand or redefine existing knowledge, to develop new approaches to changing workplace situations and / or to contribute to the development of best practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a first degree, with honours, at a minimum final classification of Lower Second (2:2) or equivalent.