Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University

Social Policy

The programme has a strong focus on critical and radical approaches to the study of social policy both here in the UK and from a global perspective. In particular the course is concerned with how social policies can reinforce and reproduce marginalisation and oppression in society for groups such as women, deprived communities, ethnic minorities, migrants, disabled people and older people. The programme will also analyse how various social policies have been the result of resistance to dominant economic structures and should therefore also be conceptualised as key institutions formalising the rights of the same groups which social policies often oppress. Social policy is also a deeply political subject and as consequence our program explores the theoretical links between the economy and transformations in welfare systems.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st Class or upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made. Students whose 1st language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS 6.5 (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 106 or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

Course modules

Modules include: Advanced social theory; advanced studies in social research; transformations in the UK welfare state; comparative social policy and globalisation; dissertation/research project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (home fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hope Park Liverpool L16 9JD North West

Key information

Student Recruitment
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0151 291 3111