London South Bank University

London South Bank University

Social Policy and Social Research Methods

This course is particularly significant if you are currently working in local authorities or the voluntary sector. The skills you learn will progress your career in social welfare policy development, delivery or research. Or it is also relevant if you are thinking of starting a career related to social policy in the public, voluntary or private sectors. The focus of this course is on contemporary substantive issues in social policy development and delivery, and social policy research methods. You'll develop your theoretical, policy and technical understanding of key issues related to policy-making, social welfare delivery, equality and social justice, and research methods.

Entry requirements

You should have a second class honours: 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK second Class honours lower Division or above in a related subject area. Applicants with extensive related work experience will also be considered and are encouraged to apply. In these cases, applicants will be interviewed by the Course Director; we will assess applicants in terms of their academic and professional suitability. We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5,Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Course modules

Modules include: Social policy analysis; The voluntary sector and the state: protagonist or partner; methods for social research and evaluation: philosophy, design and data collection; approaches to social change: equality, social justice and human rights; Family policy; Data analytic techniques for social scientists; dissertation.

Sponsorship information

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 15 months
MSc Full-time £ 7,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 15 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,333 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 2,667 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Southwark Campus Kensington and Chelsea SE1 0AA South East

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