The MSc Social Policy (Research) programme is designed to equip research students with a sound knowledge of different research methods used in the social sciences and how these are used in social policy. The programme consists of four course units. Two are compulsory: Social Policy Research and Foundations of Social Research. In addition, there is a compulsory dissertation of 10,000 words, which generally forms the basis of the research to be undertaken as part of the MPhil/PhD.
To complete the programme, one course unit from amongst those offered in the Department is taken to enable students to learn more about subjects related to their own particular research interests.
The MSc Social Policy (Research) programme is also available to other students wishing to learn more about research methods used in the social sciences and in social policy generally. A good upper second honours degree (in any subject) is normally required. A social science background and/or work experience in the field of social policy are advantages but not essential.