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MSc in International Social and Public Policy

Programme Code: TMISPP

Department: Social Policy

For students starting this programme of study in 2021/22

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 courses, options to the value of 2.0 units 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

SP400 International Social and Public Policy (0.5) # and SP401 Understanding Policy Research (0.5) #

Papers 2 & 3

Courses to the value of 2.0 unit(s) from the following:


PP4X6 Welfare Analysis and Measurement (1.0)


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) #


SP418 Global Social Policy and International Organizations (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


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


SP420 Understanding Policy Research (Advanced) (0.5) #


SP430 Social Security Policies (0.5)


SP432 Education Policy, Reform and Financing (0.5)


SP434 Behavioural Public Policy (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


SP435 Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)


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


SP471 Issues in Contemporary Policing (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)


SP472 Illegal Drugs and Their Control: Theory, Policy and Practice (0.5) #


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.