What will I learn?

This course will equip you with the skills to analyse social policy in a way that enables you to understand how policies are developed and the role they play in people's lives.

The course offers a combination of taught coursework and supervised independent study. You'll develop the skills required to carry out your own research in an area of social policy that interests you.

This MA is especially suited to you if you are considering a career in social policy analysis, advocacy or research in the public sector or socially-focused NGOs. You'll cover topics such as the welfare state in the UK and other countries, the impact of globalisation on social programmes and why patterns of social inequality persist.

Course content

The MA in Social Policy is based around a combination of social policy analysis and research training. You'll start with a broad introduction to social research methods and social policy analysis. You'll then narrow down your focus, choosing between advanced research training, more detailed analysis of social policy or a mix of the two.

Careers and skills

The MA in Social Policy develops the skills that employers need in a number of areas, especially policy analysis and research. You'll also find you 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 research degree, such as an MPhil or a PhD, you would normally need a Bachelors degree plus either a Masters degree in a relevant subject or some experience of conducting research. 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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