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Global Social Policy (MA)

Course Description

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/

Our calibre

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

Our Virtual Open Days are the ideal way to find out more about postgraduate study at York. At the live event you can chat online with academic staff and current York postgraduate students as well as watch talks on finance and student life. Go to https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/open-days/virtual-open-day/ to find out more.

Visit the Global Social Policy (MA) page on the University of York website for more details!

Student Profiles

Maria Bourboulis Scholarship - Single Award

he Department of Social Policy and Social Work is honoured to announce the call of applications for the Maria Bourboulis Scholarship to prospective postgraduate taught students that receive offers for the following programmes: MA in Social Policy, MA in Comparative and International Social Policy, MA in Global Social Policy and MA in Global Crime and Justice.The scholarship is worth £12,000 covering fees (Home/EU) with the remainder paid as a stipend towards living costs. Only Home and EU applicants are eligible for this funding opportunity. The scholarship is available on an annual basis and lasts for one (1) year. To honour the memory of Maria Bourboulis we anticipate that the recipient of the scholarship will explore in their independent research study (Dissertation) historical and contemporary social and welfare problems in Southern Europe.The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic and work excellence. Preference will be given to prospective students that demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of South European welfare debates, contemporary problems, social policy reforms and analysis.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- Have received an offer for one of the following programmes: :
MA in Social Policy, MA in Comparative and International Social Policy, MA in Global Social Policy and MA in Global Crime and Justice.
- Begin your studies in September 2017
- Have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent prior to commencing the Masters programme.
If English is not your first language you should also read the English Language requirements 2016/17 for postgraduate study for each department. http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/international/english/.

Application Procedure

Complete the form available on the website via the link below and email it to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification. However, if you have relevant work experience with good academic potential you may also be considered.

Course Fees

Home/EU: £6,760; Part-time: £3,380 - International: £16,290; part-time: £8,145

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