You’ll explore how cultural, demographic, economic, governmental, and technological changes shape social policy across the globe, and develop the skills needed to carry out social research informed by debates on methodology, epistemology, ethics, and politics.
Why study with us?
This programme has been carefully designed to provide higher-level critical thinking, awareness and theoretical knowledge in the study of poverty and social inequality as social phenomena.
Upon completing the MA in Social Policy, you’ll be able to:
The Making of Social Policy (20 credits)
During this introductory module, you’ll be introduced to several concepts, techniques, and theories employed in developing social policy systems and analysis. You’ll learn how to apply this knowledge to specific social policy issues, and will also dedicate time to researching the various dilemmas and challenges faced by the welfare state.
Poverty and Inequality: Conceptualisation, Investigation and Policy Making in Historical and Contemporary Societies (40 credits)
This module will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of the contexts within which studies and debates on poverty and social inequality have been conducted. You’ll analyse major investigations into poverty and learn how to identify elements of continuity and change in the study of poverty and social inequality as social phenomena.
Comparing Welfare States (40 credits)
The aim of this module is to help you expand your knowledge of this field by exploring the dynamics of social policy developments from an international point of view. You’ll be encouraged to critically evaluate current international social policy trends and issues by drawing upon case studies and a range of theoretical contributions to social policy analysis.
Introduction to Social Research (20 credits)
The studies you’ll take on will provide an overview of crucial issues and debates associated with the production and evaluation of research for practice in social care. You can look forward to extending your own knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research processes whilst developing your capacity to act as an independent and critical thinker.
Dissertation (60 credits)
With this final module, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, critical exploration and analysis of an area you are interested in within this field. Your dissertation can be based on the area of specialisation you hope to enter following graduation, or even a challenge that’s present or relevant to your current place of work.
Fees: £8,300 (paid in two instalments)