BSc Social Policy|

UCAS code: L400

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2013:

First year students 2013:

First year:

Two from:


  • One outside option

Second year:

Third year:

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Programme details

First year

The core course, Foundations of Social Policy, gives you a framework for understanding how and why societies have developed a variety of institutional arrangements to provide for their social welfare needs, focusing on key developments in Britain since the nineteenth century, but within a comparative perspective. You then choose two from Sociology and Social Policy, Introduction to Global Population Change, Social Economics and Crime and Society. Sociology and Social Policy, provides an introduction to sociology and applies sociological perspectives to social policy fields and issues; Social Economics and Policy, provides an introduction to economics and its application to social policy. Introduction to Global Population Change which is concerned with inter-relationships between the population characteristics of a society (fertility, mortality and migration) and their economic and social context; Crime and Society, which provides an introduction to criminology and to key issues relating to crime and social policy. 

You may choose your fourth course from the wide range of options available in other departments, but students are encouraged to choose courses that introduce them to one of several social science approaches that have relevance to the study of social policy. 

Second and third years

There are two compulsory courses in the second year. Implementing Social Policy: From Principles to Practice deals with the various approaches to theorising about the state in terms of what each implies for its role in social policy interventions, and with issues involved in translating these approaches into practice - the implementation of social policy. Research Methods for Social Policy will give you a comprehensive introduction to methods of social research with a statistical emphasis. You choose your final two courses from the options available throughout LSE - at least one must be a social policy course.

The third year core course, Comparative and International Social Policy, examines the distinct challenges of welfare provision faced by countries from across Europe and the developing world. You will also complete a long essay on a relevant topic, giving you the opportunity to explore an area which interests you in some depth.

You choose your final two courses from the options available throughout LSE - at least one must be a social policy course.