The MA in Global Social Policy at York is being spearheaded by Professor Bob Deacon, who has recently joined the Department as an Honorary Professor. The MA is taught by a number of internationally leading scholars in the area, including Kevin Farnsworth, Chris Holden, John Hudson and Zoe Irving.
Tackling global problems
The study of Global Social Policy is an area of increasing interest, both academically and as an applied subject, in the context of the growing importance of supranational and international social policy discourse and policy interventions to tackle social problems.
This new programme in Global Social Policy uniquely examines regional and global perspectives on Social Policy. It provides students with the necessary tools to critically analyse global social policy responses and solutions to global social problems and their implications for nation states. It will also offer students the opportunity to undertake a research placement with a relevant organisation working in the area of global social policy.
The MA in Global Social Policy offers a combination of taught coursework and a supervised dissertation, giving you the opportunity to develop detailed knowledge of social policy in a global context and to examine, through your own guided research project, aspects of social policy in which you have a particular interest.
Who is this programme for?
This programme is aimed at prospective social policy analysts and researchers with an interest in global and/or international social and public policy, professionals working on social policy in international organisations and development agencies, global advocacy agencies and international non- governmental organisations (INGOs), students who want to hone their undergraduate studies in a more focused area of study, and potential PhD students who want to develop their theoretical and empirical skills in this area.
It will prepare students for a wide rage of careers ranging from national and/or international policy analysis to international development, applied research and campaign work.
Themes and content
The MA in Global Social Policy is based around a combination of social policy analysis and research training modules. In the Autumn Term students are provided with a broad introduction to relevant social policy theory, analysis and methods. In the Spring and Summer terms, students undertake more specialised analysis of global social policy themes and issues. Following completion of these modules, students will be given the opportunity to undertake a relevant research placement that will help to inform their own individual research project. Students will produce a dissertation under the guidance of their individual supervisors.
Read more here: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/postgraduate/ma-global-social-policy/#tab-2
The MA Global Social Policy programme comprises modules which have been specially developed for the postgraduate programmes in the Department. Students are taught in small group settings by academics who are world leaders in the field. Modules are taught through a combination of workshops, lectures and seminars.
More about modules here: 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.