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Course content

We are witnessing a period of considerable policy reform in the wake of the financial crisis, and the need for public policy research has never been greater. This MA programme equips students with the tools and knowledge to understand how and why public policy problems occur, and how these are affected by the social, cultural and political context, both in the UK and internationally. It offers students a sound training in research methods and equips them with the cutting-edge in theoretical and methodological approaches. The MA is suitable both for those wishing to hone their skills and knowledge to pursue further academic research opportunities, and for those seeking a relevant and rigorous course which will prepare them for employment in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.

Subject guide & modules

Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.

Core Modules:
-Public Policy, Public Management and Governance (LBM001)
-Research Methods (LPM003)
-Social Theory and Social Change (LYM005)
-Dissertation (LYM007)

Choose from the following elective modules to the value of 40 credits:
-Health Care Organisation and Policies (LBM007)
-Social Policy: Contemporary Themes and Challenges (LBM005)
-Work Placement (LYM010)
-Being Human: Disability and the Social World (LYM011)
-Globalization and Social Change (LYM002)
-Social Divisions (LYM001)

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive small seminars, presentations and group work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. You will be allocated a personal tutor to whom you can turn for help and advice. Assessment occurs through essays and reports (for example, on the practical application of research methods), and a dissertation.

Career prospects

This new MA programme opens the way vocationally to both research at doctoral level and to work in the private, voluntary and public sectors.

Visit the Policy and Social Research - MA page on the Aston University website for more details!

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