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.
Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.
Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.
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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Jonathan teaches across a range of subjects and courses within our School, with specialist expertise in the history, politics and theory of social welfare development, comparative social welfare, and the impact of ideology on the organisation and delivery of welfare services. He…
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
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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Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package.Find out more about Dependants Bursary
If you need extra support because you have unpaid caring responsibilities alongside your studies.Find out more about Carers Bursary
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Alumni Loyalty Discount
UK students with a previous award from us will receive 20% tuition fee discount.Find out more about Alumni Loyalty Discount
This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport
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