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Social and Public Policy (Online) MA

Social and Public Policy (Online) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Social Policy / Administration Public Administration Policy Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is ideal for professionals in organisations that develop or implement social policy and public policy. During your studies you'll develop the skills and knowledge required to influence policy and you'll link public policy theory to concrete examples of social policy. Interdisciplinary, research-informed and built on the principle of strong and comprehensive support for our students, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to further your career in a wide range of public service and non-profit sector organisations, shaping and influencing both policy and the future of public services. You will deepen your understanding of policy-making and explore policy-making on the local, national and global level. You will assess and analyse how social policy-making interacts with and is shaped by socio-economic structures and conflictual political processes. You’ll also analyse the ways in which globalisation dynamics impact on and are filtered through national social policies. You will use evidence to improve social policy practice and develop a range of transferable skills such as critical thinking and designing and conducting research. The design of the course and the support provided mean that you will be able to balance the requirements of your studies with your work and other responsibilties. This course is ideal for people working in the public and not-for-profit sectors as well as people working in for-profit organisations that deliver public services. It will allow you to develop the skills required for management in a large and complex organisation. You'll achieve an understanding of public policy so you can analyse and influence policy-making and implementation.

Different course options

Online | University of York | 2 years | SEP-19

Study mode



2 years

Start date



This module enable students to explore: The models which are used to explain the relationship between evidence and social policy; Emerging debates in evidence-based policy-making; How these debates are negotiated and addressed by politicians, policy-makers, researchers and practitioners; The role of evidence in the different stages of policy development; The place of evidence in a democratic political system; The range and scope of evidence which is available to social policy-makers; The impact of evidence on social policy-making; How social policy can be developed in relation to models of evidence-based practice; The practice of evidence-based policy within a range of contexts.

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 should normally have at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification. However, if you do not meet this requirement but have relevant work experience with good academic potential you are encouraged to apply. You should also have professional experience in public or social policy. This could be in roles at local or national government, or in non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services.