University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Social Policy

This degree involves postgraduate research training modules: the academic staff have wide research interests and joint supervision for students' PhD theses is advised; in addition, regular research student workshops and seminars are held, and an annual research student conference.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree or overseas equivalent; accreditation of prior learning (APL) may also be accepted; English language requirements may apply for international students.

Course modules

Areas of interest include: Islamaphobia: the role and function of faith and faith communities in public and political spaces; minority community issues; equalities legislation, policy and practice; citizenship, multiculturalism, integration and community cohesion ; geographies of money and finance; financial inclusion and exclusion; education, learning and knowledge; wealth and inequality ; black service users' views of mental health services; re-ablement and community services for older people; mental health legislation; the contribution of social theory to the understanding of mental stress; risk assessment in mental health; the role of masculinity in shaping men's experience of mental distress and our responses to it; service user participation; evaluation of health and social care responses to mental health and old age ; individual and family experiences of impairment and disability; individual and family experiences of health and social care; care and welfare attitudes in relation to the balance between state, family and individual responsibility ; new migration, integration, community cohesion and inclusion; community engagement and community research methodology ; race and gender; Asian women within the family and wider society; service provision within areas of disability and sexuality ; youth and family policy; youth justice; crime and anti-social behaviour; comparative social policy, particularly Latin America ; African Caribbean home ownership; ethnic minotiryt housing wealth; return migration; ethnic minority communities; life history methods ; work with older people; community care; direct payments; health and social care interface; interprofessional education and user involvement ; non-governmental organisations; community participation; neighbourhood regeneration; mental health; substance use and anti-poverty strategies ; governance, management and regulation of housing associations; role of the non-profit sector in public policy; homelessness and access to social housing; new migration, equality and diversity ; the welfare state in Britain since 1945; the Labour party and the welfare state; the conservative party and the welfare state; the history of British social policy; social democratic social policy; the Swedish welfare state ; new migrants and access to education, training, employment and housing; integration, social inclusion and social cohesion and new migrant communities; developing innovative research methodologies to facilitate inclusion of excluded groups; community research methodology ; financial security of individuals, families and households including: assets and asset-based welfare; poverty, wealth and inequality; social security policy; financial planning and management (including savings, pensions, credit and debt); changing family forms, particularly the growth of lone parenthood ; social work with older people; community care policy and practice; adult service users' experiences of social work and social care services; enhancing service users' quality of life and mental well-being; service user involvement ; mental health, recovery and social inclusion; whole family approaches; wellbeing and resilience; personalisation and self-directed support; identity issues; social theory and social models of mental distress; service user and carer participation; social work and interdisciplinary working ; gender; sexuality and sexual orientation; services for people with learning difficulties; relationships of care; narrative methods; social work ethics and values; adult social care; social inclusion; diversity and equality; the sociological analysis of professional judgement and decision making; the analysis of professional talk; policy development and the reform of social work; socio-tehnical systems design.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,680 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years

Campus details

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

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