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Comparative Social Policy MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

International Politics Social Policy / Administration

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The MSc in Comparative Social Policy explores welfare systems and policy developments across a range of different countries. The comparative element is a key part of the course, and is one feature that makes the course at Oxford unique. The central aim of the course is to provide high quality graduate level research training in social policy, taking a comparative perspective, concentrating primarily on industrialised/developed countries. More specific aims are to develop your capacity to analyse, interpret and review the major concepts, theoretical approaches and historical and contemporary issues in social policy and welfare state development in a range of OECD countries or systems; analyse and compare specific areas of social policy (for example health or education) in different countries or systems, drawing on both empirical data and broader theoretical literature; and undertake both quantitative and qualitative research studies, and to understand the major issues involved in research design and technical analysis in social policy related research. Your performance will be assessed through formative and summative assignments/papers. Recent graduates from the master's programme have gone on to study for doctorates in a range of high quality universities. Many graduates go on to pursue academic careers in world-leading research universities, while others hold influential positions in government, non-governmental and international organisations, such as the World Bank, the World Health Organisation and the UN.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,415

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£25,387

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any discipline. There is no requirement on subject area and students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds are considered. However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.