MA in Social and Public Policy

University of Leeds, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law

Program Description

MA in Social and Public Policy

University of Leeds, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law

Overview

This programme explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain insight into policymaking and its social impacts on individuals and communities.
Core modules explore social theories, issues and research methods relevant to social policy and welfare. You will develop core skills in critical policy analysis and policy evaluation. There are also opportunities to study and debate current policy issues, such as work and welfare, child and family policy or the challenges of ageing populations, with a focus on real-life examples.
Supported by our well-known research centres and taught by expert tutors, you’ll tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. With a range of optional modules to choose from, you could pursue further advanced research skills or study complementary social topics such as disability studies, gender studies, racism and ethnicity studies, or globalisation.
You’ll gain an insight into some of the most sensitive and complex social issues affecting governments worldwide.

Research insight

You’ll learn in a research-intensive, stimulating environment. As well as the Leeds Social Sciences Institute which fosters collaboration, you’ll benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and many others. All of these centres run their own calendars of events such as workshops and seminars.

Course content

From the start of the programme, you’ll study core modules that introduce you to the social contexts and social problems that challenge policymakers, understanding society and social research. As the course develops you will focus more specifically on the welfare state, the process of social policy formation, and the kinds of evidence on which new policies and programmes are founded, and against which their effectiveness is evaluated.

You’ll gain a thorough understanding of research methods, the theoretical assumptions which underpin them and how these affect the way the findings are interpreted. You’ll also focus on specific examples such as welfare reform or employment activation policies.

With this foundation, you’ll choose from optional modules to specialise in topics that suit you. You could study contemporary social thought to contextualise your work, or look at issues such as labour mobility, care, healthcare, disability or ‘race’ and ethnicity. You could study further data analysis and research methods to prepare for future research.

At the end of the programme, you’ll submit your dissertation – an independent piece of research on a related topic of your choice, which allows you to demonstrate and apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired during the year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Researching Society and Culture
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Policy and Programme Evaluation
  • Understanding Society and Culture
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • China's Development
  • Environmental Assessment
  • European Human Rights
  • Human Resource Management: An International Perspective
  • Understanding and Managing Effective Groups and Teams
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Management of Finance for Health
  • Contested Bodies
  • Que(e)rying Sexualities
  • Social Policy Debates
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Disability and Development
  • Power, Critique and Global Transformations
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • System Dynamics: Modelling Policy

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including presentations, seminars, workshops, tutorials and lectures. Optional modules may also use other methods such as online learning. However, independent study is crucial to this degree – it allows you to prepare for taught sessions, develop your research interests and build a range of skills.

Assessment

Your core modules will be assessed using essays. Optional modules may use other forms of assessment that reflect the diversity of the topics you can study, including presentations, book and literature reviews, research proposals and reports among others.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in social science, humanities or related discipline.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area.

How to apply

Application deadlines

  • International students: 30 June
  • UK/EU students: 31 July

Documents and information we will need include:

  • Original or certified copies of your transcripts
  • Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
  • Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language)
  • Details of two referees.

Fees

For the latest information regarding fees, please see our webiste: https://courses.leeds.ac.uk

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.

Career opportunities

You’ll gain a wide range of knowledge and skills throughout this programme, including sophisticated skills in research, communication and analysis that will be useful in a variety of careers.

Social and Public Policy graduates have gone on to a wide range of posts across the third-sector, public services, government and business. These have included central and local government departments, community bodies, housing and health organisations, research consultancies and advocacy or campaigning.

Careers Support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 10, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
19,000 GBP
Information
Deadline
June 30, 2019
International students
Locations
United Kingdom - Leeds, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline July 31, 2019
UK/EU students
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Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline June 30, 2019
International students
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Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - Leeds, England
Application deadline June 30, 2019
International students
End date Request Info
Application deadline July 31, 2019
UK/EU students
End date Request Info
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