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Social Research (Social Policy) - MA

University of Birmingham    School of Social Policy

Full time & Part time September MA, PGDip 9-12 months full time, 18-24 months part time

About the course

Social research is a scientific process whereby researchers seek to explain and understand how society works. It can focus on anything from the analysis of social policy issues, such as housing or immigration; through an evaluation of government services (such as prisons) to studying changes in attitudes towards equality within British society.

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.

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Entry Requirements

For entry onto this programme you will normally have an undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered on a case by case basis, if you have extensive related work experience. Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

 Course Content

Where is University of Birmingham

Student Profile(s)

Olivia Vicol

Olivia's MA dissertation research was on the representation of Bulgarians and Romanians in the UK media prior to the lifting of restrictions to their access to the UK labour market in 2014. She aims to be an academic and is now studying for a DPhil at the University of Oxford in its Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.

Olivia is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page:


The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It has been awarded 14 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research starting in October 2012.

Outstanding applicants will be considered for ESRC scholarships in the following pathways:

Applied Linguistics
Russian and East European Studies
International Development (IDD)
West African Studies
German Studies
Business and Management
Economic and Social History
Economics and Econometrics
Urban and Regional Studies
Human Geography
Political Science and International Studies
European Studies
Local Government Studies and Public Policy
Sport and Exercise Science (Psy)
Social Policy
Social Work
Socio-Legal Studies

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Please note that to be eligible for an ESRC award at the University of Birmingham you must have also submitted an application to study at the University.

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