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MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Research)

Programme Code: TMISPPRE

Department: Social Policy

For students starting this programme of study in 2020/21

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full-year programme. Students must take two compulsory units, options to the value of 1.0 unit and a dissertation as shown.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

SP401 Understanding Policy Research (0.5) # and SP420 Understanding Policy Research (Advanced) (0.5) #

Paper 2

One 0.5 unit course from:


MY451 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (0.5)


MY452 Applied Regression Analysis (0.5) #


MY455 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement (0.5) #


MY457 Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies (0.5) #


and one 0.5 unit course from:


MY421 Qualitative Research Methods (0.5)


MY426 Doing Ethnography (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


MY427 Qualitative Research with Digital and Visual Data (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


MY428 Qualitative Text and Discourse Analysis (0.5) #

Paper 3

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:


PP4X6 Welfare Analysis and Measurement (1.0)


SP400 International Social and Public Policy (0.5) #


SP403 Academic & Professional Skills Development (0.0)


SP410 Migration: Current Research, Critical Approaches (0.5)


SP411 Social Policy and Development (0.5) #


SP412 Non-Governmental Organisations, Social Policy and Development (0.5) #


SP413 Understanding Social (Dis)advantage (0.5)


SP414 Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy (0.5)


SP415 Urbanisation and Social Policy in the Global South (0.5) #


SP417 Sexuality, Everyday Lives and Social Policy in Developing Countries (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


SP418 Global Social Policy and International Organizations (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


SP419 Social Movements, Activism, and Social Policy (0.5)


SP430 Social Security Policies (0.5)


SP431 Population Analysis: Methods and Models (0.5) #


SP432 Education Policy, Reform and Financing (0.5)


SP433 Rural Livelihoods, Development and Social Transformation (0.5) #


SP434 Behavioural Public Policy (0.5)


SP435 Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


SP440 Wellbeing and Public Policy (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


SP441 Politics of Social Policy: Welfare and Work in Comparative Perspective (0.5)


SP471 Issues in Contemporary Policing (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


SP472 Illegal Drugs and Their Control: Theory, Policy and Practice (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


SP473 Policing, Security and Globalisation (0.5) #


SP475 Riots, Disorder and Urban Violence (0.5) #


SP476 Punishment and Penal Policy (0.5) #


Relevant outside options subject to agreement by the programme director.

Paper 4

SP499 Dissertation - International Social & Public Policy (1.0)

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.