University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

International Social Policy

The course provides an introduction to recent developments in social policies and welfare reforms from around the world. It is no longer possible to study national social policies in isolation. Global interconnections are multiplying and intensifying across a range of fields: economics, politics and the natural environment, among others. For instance, the global movement of goods (international trade), capital (foreign direct investment), labour (international migration) and technology (intellectual property rights) are particularly important. This programme highlights the implications of such developments and equips students with the skills they need to understand the new challenges of the increasingly interdependent world in which we live. The course provides comparisons of the welfare models of �developed welfare states�, such as those found in European countries; exploring the relevance of recent developments and debates for developing countries. It includes subjects that consider the future of social policies and comparative analyses, such as the module �Climate Change and Social Policy�.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements:2.2 (Applicants will normally be graduates with at least a lower second-class Honours degree); IELTS:6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element); TOEFL IBT:87 (with no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in any other element)

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Dynamics of international and comparative social and public policy (30 credits); climate change social policy (10 credits); globalisation, europeanisation and public policy (10 credits); welfare policy (10 credits); research methods and research management (20 credits); dissertation (60 credits); Elective modules: Students take 40 credits of electives from an approved list. If students would like to take an elective that is not on the list, they can do so but only if the Programme Covenor agrees.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,310 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,420 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

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