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Within the public sector, there is an increasing emphasis on 'evidence-based policy making' and on the critical review of policy making and its impacts. The MA Social Research (Social Policy) will provide you with the skills to make a real difference in this area. We welcome applications from international students.

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Course details

This programme is recognised by the ESRC as a research training programme designed to provide participants with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills. Students will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data collection and analysis. They will also develop an ability to use a range of research methods to communicate research findings effectively and an understanding of the potential use of, and impact of their research, within and beyond academia. 

The core elements of this programme are delivered by staff from across the College of Social Sciences, many of them engaged in cutting-edge research in their particular fields. 

The MA programme includes assessed core modules and short courses (120 credits) and the completion of a 12,000-word dissertation (60 credits), while the Postgraduate Diploma includes the assessed courses only (120 credits).

Learning and teaching

All participants on the Social Research (Social Policy) MA will be supported by a personal tutor and will also be able to draw on the support of the School's Postgraduate Taught Programme Director, Welfare Tutors and International Student tutors.

Students will also benefit from access to e-learning resources as well as the University's main library and student services.


This course is designed for those considering research as a career. That includes those wanting an academic career, for whom this degree is ideal preparation for undertaking a doctorate (PhD). It also includes those seeking a research career in such areas as central government, local government, charities and in consultancies and market/social research. The degree also provides good transferable skills in evaluation and in analysing data, and the ability to critique published research.

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






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