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Social and Public Policy MA

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

01-SEP-22

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Public Administration Social Policy / Administration Policy Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain an insight into policy making and its social impacts on individuals and communities.

Core modules explore social theories, issues and research methods relevant to social policy and welfare. You will develop core skills in critical policy analysis and policy evaluation. There are also opportunities to study and debate current policy issues, such as work and welfare, child and family policy or the challenges of ageing populations, with a focus on real-life examples.

Supported by our well-known research centres and taught by expert tutors, you’ll tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. With a range of optional modules to choose from, you could pursue further advanced research skills or study complementary social topics such as disability studies, gender studies, racism and ethnicity studies, or globalisation.

You’ll gain an insight into some of the most sensitive and complex social issues affecting governments worldwide.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including presentations, seminars, workshops, tutorials and lectures. Optional modules may also use other methods such as online learning. However, independent study is crucial to this degree – it allows you to prepare for taught sessions, develop your research interests and build a range of skills.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

Your core modules will be assessed using essays. Optional modules may use other forms of assessment that reflect the diversity of the topics you can study, including presentations, book and literature reviews, research proposals and reports among others.

Career opportunities

You’ll gain a wide range of knowledge and skills throughout this programme, including sophisticated skills in research, communication and analysis that will be useful in a variety of careers.

Social and Public Policy graduates have gone on to a wide range of posts across the third-sector, public services, government and business. These have included central and local government departments, community bodies, housing and health organisations, research consultancies and advocacy or campaigning.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£9,750

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£21,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree (hons) with a 2:1 or non-UK equivalent in a social sciences, humanities or related discipline.

Department profile

Postgraduate degrees from the School of Sociology and Social Policy are designed not only to increase your knowledge; they also give you the opportunity to amass a range of skills which will be beneficial whatever your ambitions. This is an exciting time to be studying sociology and social policy. We are living through times of dramatic change on a national and international scale, as economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges...more