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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Policy / Administration

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our Masters degree in social policy is designed to develop students’ critical knowledge and understanding of social policy. Together with active researchers you will be led through the key contemporary debates in social policy as well as learning how to develop and carry out your own social policy-focused research projects.

Our Master’s has a strong focus on critical and radical approaches to the study of social policy both here in the UK and from a global perspective. In particular the course is concerned with 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. Concurrently, nevertheless, the program will also analyse 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 also a deeply political subject and as consequence our program explores the theoretical links between the economy and transformations in welfare systems.

With our strong focus on research methods, however, our course also enables students to develop the central skills required to analyse, understand and critically evaluate any social policy issue. Not only do we encourage students to understand policies comparatively, we also provide a significant amount of research training which covers the key philosophical issues and traditions in social science complimented by significant instruction on the uses and strengths of the range of methods and methodological approaches (i.e. quantitative and qualitative data analysis, focus groups, ethnography and so on).

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.

Different course options

Full time | Hope Park | 12 months | JAN

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

JAN

Modules

This module explores the key issues in social policy in the UK in a contemporary perspective. Notably we will explore the relationship between social policies and the wider political economy, unpicking and critically analysing recent changes in social policy such as privatisation, marketization and austerity. It will analyse these changes in the welfare state in relation to poverty, class, ?race?, gender, ageing, sexuality and disability.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£5,200

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£11,400

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students normally need to have a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Computer Science, Computing, Science, or engineering-based 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 set 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 of over £76 million. Each year over 1,000 postgraduate students choose to study a range of postgraduate taught, research and PGCE...more

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