University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Policy into Practice

The programme is part of a suite of programmes designed primarily for international students who are government officers or policy officers, researchers or practitioners in non-governmental organisations who have work experience in social policy areas. It concerns the development and nature of government interventions aimed at ensuring the welfare needs of their populations are met, and the ways those interventions are put into effect. Starting from an examination of UK social policy, the programme widens out to examine the experience and challenges facing other countries, as well as to study UK social policy in more depth.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Participants with relevant work of employment experience will also be considered. Applicants can satisfy English language requirements in 2 ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level; by taking and successfully completing an English courses for international students.

Course modules

The programme consists of 4 compulsory modules: Sectors and services in British social policy; international social policy; human resources (managing people in times of global change; urban poverty and development; 2 optional modules from: introduction to applied social research; researching social policy; social policy (beyond welfare?); new migration and super diversity; social policy into practice (learning through volunteering); managing public money; social analysis of poverty development; understanding organisations; social marketing for social justice; introduction to disaster management; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Masters students undertake a 10,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice. Each student is allocated an experienced specialist supervisor, selected for their experience of both the subject matter and supervision.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,860 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,395 per Year 1 (International) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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