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Applied Social Policy and Practice MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Policy / Administration

Course type


Course Summary

MA Applied Social Policy and Practice programme provides students with social research methods, skills and techniques that are widely sought after in government, non-government and private sectors. The applied, inter-disciplinary nature of this course enables students to develop social research skills and specialist study in related areas of policy interest (for example education, health, housing, and immigration). Whether you're a recent graduate; working in service delivery programmes and want to move into a policy role, or looking to change careers by moving into policy and social research – this programme will give you the research and analytical skills you need.

Assessment is via: coursework; class presentations; and dissertation project. Some of the options open to graduates of this degree include: Social research; Policy analysis and planning; Careers in social and community services; Human services; Climate change and development; Social market research; Teaching in the field of social science; Activism and advocacy. These may be within community-based organisations, trade unions, local government, marketing and social research organisations, private consultancies or government policy agencies.

Different course options

Full time | University of Greenwich (Greenwich Campus) | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Family Lives and the State (15 Credits)
Understanding the policy process: theories and practice (15 Credits)
Contemporary Social Policy: Debates and Analysis (15 Credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
'Race', Migration and Citizenship (15 Credits)
Looking Out: Third sector and community organisations (15 Credits)
Qualitative research methods for social policy (15 Credits)
Quantitative research methods for policy analysis (15 Credits)
Globalisation and Development (15 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need an undergraduate degree classification of 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related area, for example, PG Cert/PG Dip in Education, Social Work, Social Care, Health Management, Local Government Studies, Social and Public Administration or a minimum of 5 years professional experience, and/or research in a professional capacity with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) Level 7 vocational qualifications in a relevant field.

Department profile

Undertaking your postgraduate degree at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences is your opportunity to study at one of London’s most beautiful campuses, based on the banks of the River Thames. We cover a range of academic disciplines across four very distinct schools....more

University information

The University of Greenwich has three campuses situated in south-east London and Kent. It offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes, along with a number of research degrees. The university has nine Times Higher Education Awards, four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education and two Guardian University Awards for Research Impact. Among the teaching staff, there are award winning National Teaching Fellows, while alumni...more

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