University of York

University of York

Social Policy

For the most part, the programme is based around research training modules. In the Autumn term you are provided with a broad introduction to social research methods, before moving into more advanced training in both qualitative and quantitative methods in the Spring term. Following completion of these modules, you will embark on your own individual research project, producing a 15-20,000 word dissertation under the guidance of your own individual supervisor. You will also have the opportunity to present your research in progress to a wider audience during a programme of dissertation workshops. In addition to this research training focused content, you will also complete a social policy analysis module that both provides an overview of issues in key social policy fields and grounds you in key policy analysis theories.

Entry requirements

Upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification. However, if you have relevant work experience with good academic potential you may also be considered. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: Social policy analysis; introduction to social research methods; advanced qualitative methods; advanced quantitative methods; graduate dissertation workshop; dissertation.

Assessment methods

1-to-1 supervision whilst undertaking an extended social policy research project on a topic of your choosing.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MRes Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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