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. Some programmes include the opportunity to have a work-based placement within one or more public, private or third sector organisations in the West Midlands area. The programme introduces students to the study of social policy and practice and considers current and future political, economic and demographic contexts of policy making around the world.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd class 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

Students can choose 40 credits from other postgraduate programmes from within the Institute of Applied Social Studies and the International Development Department as well as from some other university departments. You can choose your areas of interest and future career ambitions with us to help you choose the most appropriate modules to study. On completion of the taught modules (120 credits), 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 Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 13,860 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 10,395 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005