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MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Education)

Programme Code: TMISPPE

Department: Social Policy

For students starting this programme of study in 2023/24

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 three compulsory courses, options to the value of 1.5 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

SP432 Education Policy, Reform and Financing (0.5)


And courses to the value of 1.5 unit(s) from the following:


PP4X6 Welfare Analysis and Measurement (1.0)


SP403 Academic & Professional Skills Development for Social Policy (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) #


SP414 Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


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


SP417 Sexuality, Everyday Lives and Social Policy in Developing Countries (0.5) #


SP418 Global Social Policy and International Organizations (0.5)


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


SP420 Understanding Policy Research (Advanced) (0.5) #


SP430 Social Security Policies (0.5)


SP434 Behavioural Public Policy (0.5)


SP435 Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities (0.5) #  (not available 2023/24)


SP441 Politics of Social Policy: Welfare and Work in Comparative Perspective (0.5)  (not available 2023/24)


SP443 Social Policy of Climate Change (0.5)


SP471 Issues in Contemporary Policing (0.5) #  (not available 2023/24)


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)

Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

# 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.