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MSc Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning) MSc Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy)

About the MSc programme

The MSc Social Policy is divided into two streams. The first stream, Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning) is a broad programme in many aspects of social policy that can be tailored to the interests of students from a wide range of backgrounds. It is the oldest master's level programme in social policy in the world but it has evolved to reflect new interests and challenges.

The second stream, Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy) is an integrated programme designed for people looking towards careers in international research or as practitioners, planners and administrators of public services and whose interest or work lies at the international and European level. It provides you with the opportunity of examining major current social problems and the range of policies being developed to address them from a cross-national European and international perspective. Through multi-disciplinary and cross-national study, you gain a thorough grounding in the comparative analysis of the institutional arrangements of European welfare states, as well as examining specific social problems shared by individual countries.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning) and MSc Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy) in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

Graduates from the Social Policy and Planning stream have gone on to a variety of careers in research, the policy arena in think tanks and the political sphere, social service administration, voluntary organisations and many other destinations.

Graduates from the European and Comparative Social Policy stream have found positions within a wide range of institutions, including the European Commission, European Parliament, EU lobbying organisations, consultancies, UNESCO, broadcasting, journalism, international departments of national civil services, as well as employment in teaching and research or further study for a PhD.



Application code: L4U2 - Social Policy and Planning
L4U8 - European and Comparative Social Policy (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline; social science background and/or work experience in the social policy field advantageous but not essential (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £10,320 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Intake/applications in 2016:  54/228