University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Social Policy

This programme aims to introduce students to the study of social policy and to the recent, current and future political, economic and demographic context of policy-making; it is particularly suitable for those who have a 1st degree in another discipline and are seeking a move into the area of social policy; it is also suitable for international students with experience in social policy, welfare and care areas in their own country.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree or equivalent is normally required, usually in a social science, although others will be considered; applications are also encouraged from those without an Honours degree who have 5 years' or more relevant work experience in a policy or practice area; English language requirements may apply for international students.

Course modules

Introduction to applied social research; politics of social policy; British social policy: beyond welfare?; international social policy analysis; dissertation; plus options from: Researching social policy; sectors and services in British social policy; a range of optional choices from within social sciences.

Assessment methods

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 a supervisor, selected for their experience of both the subject matter and supervision.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,570 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,285 per Academic year (home fees) 2 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