Applied Social Policy and Practice, MA Postgraduate prospectus

Our MA Applied Social Policy and Practice programme provides students with social research methods, skills and techniques that are widely sought after in government, non-government and private sectors.

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Location

Attendance

1 years full time

2 years part time

Overview

Overview

Our MA Applied Social Policy and Practice programme provides students with the conceptual knowledge, theories and principles central to social policy making and social welfare service provision. 

The applied, inter-disciplinary nature of this course enables students to develop social research skills and specialist study in related areas of policy interest (for example education, health, housing, and immigration). 

Students are able to understand and contextualise UK social policy within broader European Union (EU) and international policy frameworks. Students are equipped with practical and transferable research and analytical skills needed for developing policy responses to service delivery provision.

Suitable for

Whether you're a recent graduate; working in service delivery programmes and want to move into a policy role, or looking to change careers by moving into policy and social research – this programme will give you the research and analytical skills you need.

What you'll study

MA Applied Social Policy and Practice

Full time

Dissertation (60 credits)

Contemporary Social Policy:  Debates and Analysis (15 credits)

Understanding the policy process: theories and practice (15 credits)

Family Lives and the State (15 credits)

Qualitative research methods for social policy (15 credits)

Quantitative research methods for policy analysis (15 credits)

Globalisation and Development (15 credits)

'Race', Migration and Citizenship (15 credits)

Looking Out: Third sector and community organisations, (15 credits)

 

Part-time
Year 1

Contemporary Social Policy: Debates and Analysis (15 credits)

Family Lives and the State (15 credits)

Qualitative research methods for social policy (15 credits)

Quantitative research methods for policy analysis (15 credits)

Year 2

Understanding the policy process: theories and practice (15 credits)

Globalisation and Development (15 credits)

'Race', Migration and Citizenship (15 credits)

Looking Out: Third sector and community organisations (15 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree classification of 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline

OR a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related area, for example, PG Cert/PG Dip in Education, Social Work, Social Care, Health Management, Local Government Studies, Social and Public Administration

OR a minimum of 5 years professional experience, and/or research in a professional capacity with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) Level 7 vocational qualifications in a relevant field.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Extra information

Assessment

Teaching is through a combination of: 

  • Small group seminars
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • One-to-one supervision. 

Assessment is via:

  • Coursework
  • Class presentations
  • Dissertation project.

Careers

Some of the options open to graduates of this degree include:

  • Social research 
  • Policy analysis and planning 
  • Careers in social and community services 
  • Human services 
  • Climate change and development 
  • Social market research 
  • Teaching in the field of social science
  • Activism and advocacy. 

These may be within community-based organisations, trade unions, local government, marketing and social research organisations, private consultancies or government policy agencies.

Key modules

This course is made up of the following key required modules: 

  • Contemporary Social Policy 
  • Policy process 
  • Qualitative and Quantitative research methods 
  • Family policy and society 
  • Globalisation and Development 
  • 'Race', Migration and Citizenship 
  • Third sector and community organisations 
  • Dissertation - totalling 180 credits, of which 60 of these credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 words.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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