University of York

University of York

Comparative and International Social Policy

The programme provides training in policy analysis and policy research with an international and comparative dimension. It is ideal for those working in, or wishing to work in international policy analysis and policy development in governments, charities and NGOs around the world. The programme adopts a broad international approach, rooted in the conceptual and empirical analyses of higher income countries within the OECD, but adopting these to the study of a broader sample across the globe. The programme offers a combination of taught coursework and a supervised dissertation, giving you the opportunity to develop detailed knowledge of social policy in a comparative and international context and to examine, through your own guided research project, aspects of social policy in which you have a particular interest.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd 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

Modules include: Social policy analysis; comparative and international social policy (research methods); comparative social policy (governance management and delivery); globalisation and social policy; graduate dissertation workshops; dissertation research project.

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
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA 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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