University of Bath

University of Bath

Social Policy

This programme is designed for those developing careers as policy analysts or applied researchers in national or international social or public policy organisations or government departments; prospective PhD students in social or public policy. The programme combines the academic study of social policy with a comprehensive exploration of research methods. Students develop experience and skills through analysing, comparing and evaluating social and public policies.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university or an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each of the 4 components); PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component. 2 references are required. At least 1 of these must be an academic reference.

Course modules

Core units: short research apprenticeship project); quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods; long research apprenticeship project; research for policy: concepts, methods and values; qualitative methods 1, principles and skills of social research; dissertation. Optional units: comparative European social policy; international family policy; globalisation and economic insecurity: social policy challenges; comparative research methods; quantitative methods 2; qualitative methods 2.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 4,400 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MRes Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,700 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,200 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,350 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MRes Part-time October 2016 GBP 2,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY South West

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