The MA in Comparative and International Social Policy provides training in policy analysis and policy research with an international and comparative dimension. It is ideal for those working in, or wishing to work in international policy analysis and policy development in governments, charities and NGOs around the world. The programme adopts a broad international approach, rooted in the conceptual and empirical analyses of higher income countries within the OECD, but adopting these to the study of a broader sample across the globe.
Who is the programme for?
*Graduates from social policy, politics, sociology, international studies or other social sciences.
*Graduates from other backgrounds who wish to develop an understanding of social research methods and policy analysis.
*Those looking to develop a career in social research and/or policy analysis.
Our programmes are designed for students who look to become active in international social policy analysis and research. Graduates from the MA in Comparative and International Social Policy programme head to a wide variety of destinations, but most tend to go into one of three key areas:
*policy analysts inside government agencies, NGOs or campaigning organisations;
*researchers in the same fields; or,
*academic research, often following a further period of study at PhD level.
Themes and content
The MA in Comparative & International Social Policy is based around a combination of social policy analysis and research training modules. In the Autumn Term you are provided with a broad introduction to comparative social policy theory and methods and grounding in key social policy analysis themes, issues and theories.
In the Spring Term, you undertake more detailed analysis of social policy themes and issues and combine this with study of the impact of globalisation on social policy. Following completion of these modules, you will embark on your own individual research project, producing a 15-20,000 word dissertation under the guidance of your own individual supervisor. You will also have the opportunity to present your research in progress to a wider audience during a programme of dissertation workshops.
The MA Social Policy programme comprises of modules which have been specially developed for the postgraduate programmes in the Department. We do not co-teach these modules with undergraduate students, and this allows you to study the themes and issues at a more advanced level. The fixed number modules on offer is a demonstration of our commitment to developing a high-quality, advanced programme of study which is focused in its aims, so that graduates and employers of graduates of the programme can be assured they have developed the appropriate knowledge and skills to analyse and tackle global social policy issues.
Modules are taught through a combination of workshops, lectures and seminars. You will find that small group working and establishing your own perspective on social issues will become a core part of your studying process.
Find out more about modules here: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/postgraduate/postgraduate-modules/social-policy-ma-mres/
Of particular note for students wishing to study MA CISP:
Chevening Scholarships http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/scholarships/chevening/faq/
Jean Monnet Scholarships http://euroalert.net/en/calls.aspx?idc=2530
World Wide Studies for Ukraine http://worldwidestudies.org/en/page/country-uk/
In the latest national research evaluation exercise (REF 2014) our overall research performance was ranked third in the UK, with 54% of research activity rated as world leading. We were also ranked joint first in the UK for research impact.
The QS World University Rankings included a separate subject league table for Social Policy & Administration for the first time this year and our department was ranked 25th in the world.
The QS World University Rankings also ranked us 4th in the UK for social policy.
Talk to us
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to find out more.
Upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification. However, if you have relevant work experience with good academic potential you may also be considered.