Social Policy and Social Research MSc combines theoretical understanding of the policy process with advanced methodologically focused training, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to work efficiently in increasingly complex and challenging policy contexts.
Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: up to 4 years
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelors' degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a social science subject, such as sociology, psychology, social policy of history. If you do not meet these requirements, other considerations, such as relevant work experience, may be taken into account.
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Students are equipped with the theoretical and conceptual tools and empirical evidence necessary for investigating social policy and policy-making, including critical assessment of the role of research in policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. Graduates will be able to apply this knowledge and understanding and analytical and methodological skills to conduct social research in different policy contexts.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
- Social Policy: Theory, Practice and Research
- Social Theory
- Students can select from a wide range of modules, including:
- Impact Evaluation Methods
- Systematic Reviews: meta-analysis, qualitative synthesis and mixed methods synthesis
- Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in European Education
- Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation
- Understanding Education Policy
- Systematic Reviews: diversity, design and debate
- Note: students must take at least one research module
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 17,000-word dissertation (plus 2,000-word proposal).
Teaching and Learning
A rich variety of teaching of methods are used including lectures combined with seminars, and individual, small-group and whole-class discussions and exercises. In some modules, students are given the opportunity to develop presentational skills through group projects. The programme includes both face-to-face and online components.
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