This programme combines advanced training in research methods with hands-on experience of social policy research.
Through a set of high-quality, integrated courses taught by leading academics in the field – themselves engaged in impactful research – the programme equips you with transferable research skills and an in-depth understanding of social policy, before you move on to lead your own research, in a PhD or employment in an international organisation, government, NGO or the private sector.
The programme is provided in conjunction with the Department of Methodology, and offers advanced training in both quantitative and qualitative methods along with a specialist taught course on social policy evaluation (including randomised controlled trials) and the relationship between research and policy.
You will also have the opportunity to take up to two optional courses in national or international social policy areas of your choice, including health, education, housing, criminal justice, poverty, inequality and climate change. A key component of the master’s is the dissertation on a topic individually selected by you, prepared with the guidance of an academic advisor, and involving original empirical research, possibly through a research placement.
Graduates typically progress directly to postdoctoral research, enjoy accelerated promotion within their country’s civil service, or take up senior research and policy posts in national or international non-governmental organisations.