menu icon
Book your open day visit nowClick to book open day

Different course options

Full time | Hope Park | 12 months | OCT-22

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Policy / Administration

Course type


Course Summary


This Master’s degree is a cutting-edge, new MA programme, which aims to set new standards in the critical study and application of social sciences. Learning from active researchers with diverse areas of expertise, you will be led through the key contemporary debates in social policy. Our Master’s degree has a strong focus on critical and radical approaches to the study of social policy both here in the UK and from international and global perspectives. The commitment we share is to provide our students with the skills to apply challenging intellectual debates in order to design and conduct high quality research primarily with a view to improving social justice and creating change in the face of a turbulent and market-driven global society. In particular, the course examines how social policies can reinforce and reproduce marginalisation and oppression in society for groups such as women, deprived communities, ethnic minorities, migrants, disabled people and older people. The programme also analyses how various social policies have been the result of resistance to dominant economic structures and should therefore also be conceptualised as key institutions formalising the rights of the same groups which social policies often oppress. Social policy is a deeply political subject and as consequence our programme explores the theoretical links between the economy and transformations in welfare systems, with a focus on change through different phases of welfare development. It considers the ideologies and political-economic projects that underpin different stages of welfare development, and possible future changes for the welfare state. With our strong focus on research, our course also enables students to develop the central skills required to analyse, understand and critically evaluate social policy issues. Not only do we encourage students to understand policies comparatively, we also provide research training which covers the key philosophical issues and traditions in social science and the uses and strengths of the range of methods and methodological approaches. Finally, the programme enables participants to develop and critically assess a range of dialogical and transferrable skills, which will maximise their potential and equip them with the knowledge and awareness of the changing global social dynamics, necessary in order to pursue leading and managerial positions in various fields, including education, business, media and governance.


The MA in Social Policy will enhance the career development and prospects of entering occupations such as social work, public sector welfare work, probation service, teaching, journalism, local and national government, social research, charity/voluntary sector, campaigning and non-governmental organisations.

Graduates will also have developed the skills in research and communication and in critical and flexible thinking that are sought after by a wide range of employers. This post-graduate qualification would enable graduates to embark on a research degree or PhD programme.


This part of the course explores the key issues in social policy in the UK from historical and contemporary perspectives. We investigate the relationship between social policies and the wider political economy, unpicking and critically analysing recent changes such as privatisation, marketization and austerity. The course is grounded in applying theoretical perspectives to empirical evidence, and analyses changes in the welfare state in relation to social change and social inequalities in class, race and gender.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

A First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in any relevant discipline. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

University information

Liverpool Hope University is a research-oriented institution offering a selection of high quality taught and research postgraduate courses. The university is located across two green campuses: Hope Park, just four miles from Liverpool city centre, and the Creative Campus, close to the city centre. There is also a small residential campus at Aigburth Park. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant investment in buildings and equipment...more

Similar courses at this uni

Social Work MA

Full time | 24 months | SEP