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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    MSc/PgDip: one year full-time or two years part-time PGCert: one semester full-time or two semesters part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    20 September 2017

Course content


  • Gain the knowledge and skills to research and evaluate key issues in Social Policy
  • Develop contemporary knowledge of Social Policy issues, and draw on the research expertise of the Social Policy team
  • Undertake a community placement enabling you to integrate theory and practice, and enhance your personal career profile
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply


This course will enable you to develop your critical abilities, linking theory and ideologies to policy and practice. You will develop an advanced understanding of social policies in a national and international context. You will also gain the skills required to carry out a sustained and original piece of critical research if take the full Masters.

During your time with us you can take a community placement, which will enrich your understanding of the impact of social policies.


To accommodate different learning styles a combination of teaching and learning strategies will be used, including:

  • Lectures,
  • Discussion groups, individual and group tutorials
  • Some discussion will be online
  • Independent research will enable students to develop investigative skills. 
  • These strategies will capitalize on the academic and research expertise of the teaching team.

Full-time and part-time students will study together, but part-time students will take longer to complete the degree. You will have access to the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, where you can tap into online resources inlcuding discussion boards.

All students will be allocated a Personal Tutor, and the University offers a range of student support services.


Social Policy: Ideology, theory and practice

  • Conference Paper: 3,000 words, 50% weighting
  • Essay: 3,000 words, 50% weighting

Research Methods

  • Draft outline research proposal (formative)
  • Research Proposal: 5,000, 100% weighting

Contemporary Global Issues

  • Briefing Paper: 3,000 words, 50% weighting
  • Essay: 3,000 words, 50% weighting

Social Policy Community Placement

  • Interim Report: 2,000 words (Formative)
  • Oral Presentation: 20 minutes, 20%
  • Final Report: 5,000 words, 80%


  • Dissertation: 15,000 words, 100%
  • This is a systematic literature review or project.


You will have the knowledge and skills to obtain work that relates to Social Policy within the public, voluntary and private sectors. Students can go on to undertake a PhD and/or develop a research career.


On completion of this degree, students would be able to apply to do a PhD in Social Policy, or a related subject area at the University of Salford, or another university within the UK, or abroad.

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





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