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Comparative and International Social Policy MA

Comparative and International Social Policy MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Politics Social Policy / Administration

Course type


Course Summary

The MA in Comparative and International Social Policy will train you in comparative and international policy analysis, research and design. It is ideal for those working or hoping to work in international policy analysis and policy development in governments, charities and NGOs around the world. This MA is especially suitable for: graduates from degrees in social policy, politics, sociology, international studies or other social sciences; graduates from other backgrounds who wish to develop a high quality of graduate level research training in social research methods and policy analysis; graduates who wish to develop an understanding of comparative and international welfare institutional arrangements; those looking to develop a career in social research and/or policy analysis. The MA in Comparative and International Social Policy is based around a combination of social policy analysis and research training. You'll start with a solid introduction to comparative social research methods and social policy analysis. You'll then explore how social policy is affected by globalisation. You'll finish with a comparative exploration of how emerging governance structures and actors affect the management and delivery of social policy in national and international settings. This Masters degree has a broad international approach, rooted in the analysis of higher-income OECD countries and adapting this to a study of a broader sample of countries across the globe. The course attracts students from around the world, so you'll benefit from first-hand international insight. 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. The MA in Comparative and International Social Policy develops skills that employers need in a number of areas, especially policy analysis and research. You'll also develop transferable skills that will allow you to progress to different career areas or to continue your studies at PhD level.

Different course options

Full time | University of York | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to introduce the comparative approach to the study of welfare states; to understand the issues associated with comparing welfare states; to introduce some of the key analytical and methodological techniques and debates in the macro-comparative study of welfare states; and to introduce and explore some key macro-comparative welfare state data sources.
Independent Study Project (80 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. You will also be considered if you have relevant work experience and academic potential.