This well established MA Social Policy degree programme offers a combination of taught coursework and a supervised dissertation, giving you the opportunity to develop advanced research and analysis skills and to examine, through your own guided research project, aspects of social policy in which you have a particular interest.
The programme is especially suited to you if you are seeking to develop a career in social and/or policy analysis, advocacy or research within the public sector or a socially-focused NGO.
It is suited to you if you are interested in:
* The main pillars of the welfare state in the UK and elsewhere
* The impact of globalisation on social programmes in the UK and other countries
* Why the policy-making process in the 21st century is so complex
* How and why patterns of social inequality still persist
* What more could be done to reduce child poverty at home and abroad
Who is the programme for?
Our programmes are designed for students who look to become active in social policy analysis and research. Graduates from the MA in 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 policy organisations; or,
*academic research and PhD level study.
Themes and content
The MA in Social Policy is based around a combination of social policy analysis and research training modules, leaving the balance between the two flexible. In the Autumn Term you are provided with a broad introduction to social research methods and grounding in key social policy analysis themes, issues and theories. In the Spring Term, you can choose whether to undertake more advanced research training, more detailed analysis of social policy issues or a mixture of the two. 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 modules 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 relatively small number of modules on offer is a demonstration of our commitment to developing a high-quality, advanced programme of study which maintains a strong focus on 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 her: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/postgraduate/postgraduate-modules/social-policy-ma-mres/
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.
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Upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification. However, if you have relevant work experience with good academic potential you may also be considered.
Home/EU: £6,760; Part-time: £3,380 (year 1 fee) - International: £16,290, Part-time: £8,145