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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Social Policy

Course Description

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.

Key benefits:

• 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

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/social-policy

Suitable for

This course is suitable for graduates with a degree in Social Policy, the Social Sciences, or a degree/professional qualification in Housing, Health or Social Welfare, the Voluntary Sector, Citizenship or Comparative Studies.

Programme details

The course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising three 14 week semesters or five 14 week semesters, which can be taken within one or two years respectively.


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.

Module titles

• Social Policy: ideology, theory and practice (30 credits)
• Contemporary Global Issues in Social Policy (30 credits)
• Research Approaches and Methodologies (30 credits)
• Social Policy Community Placement (30 credits)
• Dissertation


A mixture of the following:

• Conference paper
• Essay
• Interim Report
• Oral presentation
• Dissertation

Career potential

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.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Social Policy page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A Bachelors degree with honours; normally a 2:2 and above.An equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at Honours level.A graduate diploma or graduate certificate from a UK university.

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