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MA Global Public Policy and International Business

MA Global Public Policy and International Business

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Full time | University of York | 1 year | 18-SEP-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Public Administration International Politics Global Warming Policy Studies International Business Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The study of global social policy is an area of increasing interest, both academically and as an applied subject. It is especially relevant given the growing importance of supranational and international social policy discourse and policy interventions in tackling social problems.

This course will enable you to engage effectively and critically with the theoretical and empirical dimensions of global social policy development. It offers a combination of taught coursework and a supervised dissertation. So you'll have the opportunity to develop detailed knowledge of social policy in a global context. Through your own guided research project you will explore aspects of social policy in which you have a particular interest.

This MA is especially suitable for:

  • prospective social policy analysts and researchers with an interest in global and/or international social and public policy
  • professionals working on social policy in international organisations and development agencies, global advocacy agencies and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • graduates from social policy, politics, sociology or international studies degrees who want to hone their undergraduate studies in a more focused area of study
  • potential PhD students who want to develop their theoretical and empirical skills in this area.

Assessment and feedback

Your assessment will be continuous and based mainly on essays and reports. You will receive written feedback on all assessed work. There are no exams.

You'll complete a 15,000-20,000-word dissertation as part of your own specialist research project. You'll also can present your research as it progresses to a wider audience as part of our dissertation workshops.

Careers and skills

The MA in Global Social Policy develops skills that employers need in a number of areas, especially policy analysis and research. You'll also find you develop transferable skills that will allow you to progress to different career areas or to continue your studies at PhD level.

Career opportunities

  • Social policy researcher
  • Policy analyst
  • Diplomat
  • International development worker
  • Civil service fast stream
  • Advocacy and policy advisor


This module aims to: Explore the global character of many of the social problems challenging contemporary societies; Examine the social, economic and political processes underlying the globalisation of social problems; Analyse the ways in which institutions and political leaders conceptualise social problems with reference to the national, the global and the transnational, and how and why dominant constructions of social problems have shifted over time; Critically examine national, international and global policy responses to contemporary social problems.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent; Other qualifications and experience: You will also be considered if you have relevant work experience and academic potential.