Home > Department of Social Policy > Study > Masters programmes > MSc Social Policy (Research)

MSc Social Policy (Research)

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.


Please refer to the Calendar for programme regulations.
Please refer to the Graduate Prospectus entry for the list of compulsory courses and options available to the programme.

Please refer to the Department Index of courses for information about course suspension, withdrawal and capping (limited places) as it becomes available.

All taught courses in the Department of Social Policy are 'capped'. This  means that there are a fixed number of places available. In the first instance, priority for acceptance onto a course is given to students of the Department. The Department is unable to guarantee that a place will be offered on a course unless it is a compulsory element of a programme of study.






Dr Tania Burchardt

Programme Director

Dr Tania Burchardt
Associate Professor


Angela Fitzgerald

Programme Administrator

Angela FitzGerald





The Social Policy (Research) is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award. The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one year research training Masters linked to a three year PhD and is designed for students who have not already completed an ESRC-recognised programme of research training.