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Social Policy

1 year
September 2024

Our MA in Social Policy is a modular course focusing on some of the most important issues of a world that is characterised by profound cultural, demographic, economic, political and technological change. This course is ideal for anyone interested in the impact of social policy on people’s lives.

Why study with us

  • Newly-introduced modules include a work placement, where you’ll experience social policy in practice, or you can study an area of your current professional role that interests you.
  • As well as looking at the latest issues around welfare provision you’ll explore what’s historically shaped social policy provision in the UK.
  • You’ll also examine the principles, political tensions and ethical dilemmas involved in planning and organising a piece of social research.

What you'll do

  • You’ll be assessed by the extent to which you achieve the learning outcomes, rather than by exam, with your 12,000-word dissertation making up the biggest single component.
  • You’ll be encouraged to develop a framework of knowledge, critical understanding and analytical skills as a basis for both professional and personal development.
  • You’ll be taught through a combination of lecture, seminar and workshop settings and extensive use of e-learn for the research module.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Jonathan Pratt
Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

Future careers

Our MA in Social Policy benefits professionals working in one or other sector of the mixed economy of welfare, as well as anyone interested in social policy or related discipline such as economics, health studies, history, philosophy, politics and sociology. 

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year
Full-time£9,450 per year
Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits
Full-time£17,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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