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Applied Social Policy and Practice, MA

Our Master’s in Applied Social Policy and Practice provides you with the conceptual knowledge, theories and principles that are key to social policy-making and social welfare service provision.

How does UK social policy fit within European Union and international policy frameworks? How does social policy affect immigration, education, housing and health? These are some of the most pressing questions of our time. Engaging with them requires the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills provided by this master's course.

Our interdisciplinary MA in Applied Social Policy and Practice equips you with the transferable research and analytical skills needed to develop policy responses for service-delivery provision. It will suit recent graduates or practitioners in service delivery programmes seeking a move into policy, or anyone wishing to change careers towards policy and social research.


  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

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What you should know about this course

  • Develop your social research skills and specialist study in certain related areas of policy interest (for example education, health, housing, and immigration).
  • Gain practical and transferable research and analytical skills needed for developing policy responses to service-delivery provision.
  • Understand and contextualise UK social policy within broader European Union (EU) and international policy frameworks.

What you will 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)


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)

About the course team

Welcome to our Master's in Applied Social Policy and Practice which is taught from within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics who are engaged in research activity.

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Entry requirements

If you are

You should have a UK undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above (or an equivalent qualification - both level and grade - from a recognised non-UK university) in a relevant discipline.

Alternatively, you can apply with a qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related area, such as a Level 6 NVQ in social sciences, social care, or social and public administration.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Can I use prior learning?

We may also consider a minimum of five years' professional experience, and/or research in a professional capacity with Recognition of Prior Learning Level 7 vocational qualifications in a relevant field.

Professional qualifications and Brexit

The UK's departure from the European Union may affect the professional recognition of your qualification.

How you will learn


In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and one-to-one supervision. You will be able to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in seminar sessions. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and seminars.

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Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for the course's assessments. Our Stockwell Street library and online resources will support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.


On this course, students are assessed by coursework, class presentations and a dissertation project.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

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Other costs

Please contact us for further information on possible further costs associated with studying this course.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Some of the options open to graduates of this degree may include: social research; policy analysis and planning; careers in social and community services; human services; social market research; teaching in the field of social science; and 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. 

Please note that is not a teacher training course. Those wishing to become a teacher will need to undertake the necessary specific training to qualify as a teacher.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The University's Employability and Careers Service (ECS) provides support when you are preparing to apply for jobs. Support includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the sector and who may be able to provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Support from the department

As a student in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, you will be part of a vibrant community with a wide range of interests.

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