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A Master of Science degree requires graduate-level study in a particular field. Typically, an MSc degree is awarded to students studying in the fields of science, medicine, math, or engineering. Many MSc programs serve as an educational foundation for further study and higher degrees.

What is an MSc in Social Policy? This degree program teaches how governmental policies are developed and the role they play in people’s lives. Classes aim to prepare individuals with the knowledge and skills to use policy to promote equity, increase equality, and enact social change. Courses also typically discuss how decisions about social policy issues are influenced and ultimately made at all levels, from local to global.

Social policy students often gain skills in academic writing that help them get higher-paying jobs. They may also more effectively research and communicate, and they tend to develop a better understanding of worldviews, philosophies, and assumptions underlying policy solutions. These skills are a great addition to any resume, and the ability to communicate well is valuable in everyday life.

Different universities may offer slightly different MSc in Social Policy programs that vary in costs. Many factors may influence tuition and fees, so make sure to research any program before enrolling.

The training involved in earning a postgraduate degree in social policy shapes an individual’s understanding of such issues. This prepares students for careers in a variety of sectors: education, research, and health. An MSc in Social Policy may also prepare students for jobs as administrators, researchers, PR managers, manufacturers, retailers, social workers, teachers, and lecturers. Graduates might find themselves as senior-level administrators to advise board members and managers on issues relating to federal and state public policy.

Many countries value the skills taught in an MSc in Social Policy program. Students may find opportunities to study abroad, enroll in distance learning programs, or earn their degree online. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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7 Results in Social Policy

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

This course offers you the opportunity to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of key social policy issues together with advanced training in research meth ... [+]

Why this course?

This course offers you the opportunity to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of key social policy issues together with advanced training in research methods.

It aims to improve your knowledge and understanding of the factors which shape social needs and the ways in which different societies have responded to these. This will enhance your research skills and enable you to undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

It's suitable for:

students who have studied social policy at the undergraduate level and who now wish to build on the foundations they have already laid before entering employment or embarking on further study graduates of other disciplines who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of social and welfare issues whilst also enhancing their research skills individuals already in employment who wish to update their existing knowledge and skills before moving onto the next stage of their careers What you'll study ... [-]
United Kingdom Glasgow
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of Amsterdam

Social Problems and Social Policy offers students an insight into the ways in which social problems are defined and tackled within contemporary welfare states, analysing ... [+]

Social Problems and Social Policy offers students an insight into the ways in which social problems are defined and tackled within contemporary welfare states, analysing the roles ascribed to citizens, professionals and other stakeholders within these processes. It considers the recent histories of various policy approaches and places these in a comparative European context.

Social Problems and Social Policy combines a broad foundation of sociological theory and research methods training with a more specific focus on the construction of social problems and attempts by policymakers to solve these. The different components of the programme combine to enhance your skills in applying social theory to deconstruct contemporary social issues from a range of critical perspectives.... [-]

Netherlands Amsterdam
September 2019
Full-time
12 months
Campus
University of Stirling

Our interdisciplinary Master's course is ideal if you’re already working in the heritage sector, or are looking for a career in this field. It offers the perfect balance ... [+]

Overview

Our interdisciplinary Master's course is ideal if you’re already working in the heritage sector, or are looking for a career in this field. It offers the perfect balance between the practical and intellectual elements of heritage and policy.

The course explores cultural, natural, tangible and intangible heritage, with a particular focus on environmental history. You’ll develop strong practical skills throughout the course - both in the field and in the classroom - and you’ll carry out an individual research project.

We have strong links with industry, so you’ll benefit from guest speakers who are experts in their field – as well as external partners who offer opportunities for work-based projects.... [-]

United Kingdom Stirling
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
Campus
SOAS University of London

The programme is for students who want to analyse and work on social change for the working poor in developing countries. It is highly relevant to anyone working or inten ... [+]

MSc Labour, Social Movements and Development

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The programme is for students who want to analyse and work on social change for the working poor in developing countries. It is highly relevant to anyone working or intending to work on labour and labour-related social movements in development agencies and NGOs, labour and solidarity movements, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and to activists in both developed and developing countries. We welcome students with a strong background in the social sciences in their first degree, as well as practitioners and professionals working in the areas of development, labour and employment relations, social movements and other related fields.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Lund University

With a unique combination of perspectives from political science, social work, sociology and economics, this programme provides you with a broad range of knowledge and sk ... [+]

With a unique combination of perspectives from political science, social work, sociology and economics, this programme provides you with a broad range of knowledge and skills intended for the management and administration of welfare services. The courses are based on a comparative approach, highlighting differences and similarities across countries, administrative levels and policy areas, including a European Union perspective. In addition to being active researchers in their own field of expertise, our teachers have undergone educational training and make use of modern teaching and assessment techniques. We also bring practitioners into our courses and make visits to different types of agencies involved in the production of welfare services.... [-]

Sweden Lund
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Politecnico di Milano

This Master of Science offers an advanced academic route in designing spatial arrangements and urban policies, to transform and manage the city, territory, and environmen ... [+]

Mission and Goals

In the urban planning spectrum, on the one hand, consolidation of a series of urban management activities that require advanced interpretation and application can be identified: the development of general urban planning tools; infrastructural, housing, transport, services and environmental policies; management of complex programmes and projects. On the other hand, the demand for new urban and territorial policies that require specific professional competence is increasing.

This Master of Science offers an advanced academic route in designing spatial arrangements and urban policies, to transform and manage the city, territory, and environment.

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Italy Milan
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Sam Houston State University

The Master of Science in Victim Services Management is designed to prepare graduates to work in various areas of victim services*, including but not limited to, direct se ... [+]

Victim Services Management, Master of Science

Available: Online

The Master of Science in Victim Services Management is designed to prepare graduates to work in various areas of victim services*, including but not limited to, direct service provision (e.g., advocacy, etc.), organizational management, and social policy development.

This degree will benefit persons with or without previous employment experience in the field of victim services. Courses are sequenced so that students can complete the degree in two years, enrolling in two 15-week courses per semester. However, the ideal candidate will have paid or volunteer work experience in the field of victim services.

*Select courses meet National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) standards.... [-]

USA Huntsville
September 2019
Full-time
36 hours
Online