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The MA Social Policy explores issues and developments in social welfare from both a British and international perspective. The programme examines social policy within the context of broader political, social, economic and demographic developments. The programme will appeal to those who have studied another social science subject at undergraduate level, or who are seeking to study social policy for the first time at postgraduate level. It is also suitable for those who are looking to refresh their understanding of the subject, as well as those who are currently employed in the voluntary or public sectors in areas such as health or housing. The MA Social Policy welcomes applications from international students.

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Course details

The MA Social Policy consists of a range of elective modules (all 20 credits). You will need to take 6 elective modules (120 credits). Those studying for an MA also undertake a 60 credit Dissertation.

Learning and teaching

All MA Social Policy students will be allocated a personal tutor. Students will also have access to the Departmental Welfare Tutor and a range of other University wide services and support.]


Our graduates come from the UK and from a wide range of other nations, including Chile, China, Cyprus, Japan, Poland, South Korea and Taiwan. Our graduates have gone on to careers in the public and non-governmental sectors as civil servants, policy analysts, practitioners and social researchers. Others have continued with Doctoral level study. The Department of Social Policy and Social Work also provides seminars, short courses and further opportunities for professional development for postgraduates.

Visit the Social Policy - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!




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