What will I learn?

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.

We have one of the largest concentrations of social policy research in the UK. We are ranked third in the UK for overall research performance and joint first for the impact of our research (REF 2014). Our students have access to staff, projects and research across a wide range of social policy areas and internationally-renowned research centres, including the Social Policy Research Unit, Centre for Housing Policy, Social Policy East Asia Exchange, Centre for Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy, Welfare Conditionality and the Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research

This course is part of a group of social policy Masters degrees that draw on the research excellence of the Department to enable you to study social policy at an advanced level. These courses each offer a unique blend of modules to allow you to specialise in a particular area.

  • MA Social Policy
  • MRes Social Policy
  • MA Comparative and International Social Policy
  • MPA Comparative Applied Social and Public Policy
  • MA Global Social Policy
  • MA Global Crime and Justice

Course content

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.

Careers and skills

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.

Which department am I in?

Social Policy and Social Work

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,700.00 (US$ 24,737) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of York

Heslington,

York,

YO10 5DD, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For a postgraduate taught course such as a Masters, you would normally need a Bachelors degree from a recognised institution. Typically you would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree, however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees. Actual requirements will vary by course: A score of 3.2 out of 4.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1; A score of 2.8 out of 4.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.

For international students

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent; Other qualifications and experience: You will also be considered if you have relevant work experience and academic potential. IELTS: 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component; TOEFL: 87, minimum of 21 in each component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of York

“The University of York is based in the historic city of York, regularly named one of the best places to live and visit in the UK.”

  • 94 per cent graduate employment rate
  • Part of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK universities
  • York is consistently ranked as one of the top UK universities
  • International scholarships available

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