Online study

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Social Policy, Social Work and Public Management - find out more about our online programmes

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On campus or online, you'll be part of a welcoming postgraduate community

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A truly international learning community, supported by a team of dedicated staff

New developments: A 2 year online Masters programme structure for September 2016 applicants - details now available on all course pages.  Secondly, if you are starting a Masters from September 2016 you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,000 - click here for details


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Professor Ellen Roberts, Director of Online Programmes

Are you looking to develop your capacity for influencing and managing change in complex, turbulent contexts, and to prepare for more strategic roles in the public or non-governmental sectors? Our online programmes provide the opportunity to do that within an international peer community and to combine study with work, link theory and practice and apply your learning immediately.

We offer Masters programmes, Postgraduate Certificates and short courses as well as bespoke courses.

Contact us

For all enquiries please contact:

Rachel McAllister, Admissions Manager

+ 44 (0)1904 321273

Online programmes

In this short film staff and students talk about their experience of studying the online programmes.

Hear from alumni

Hear from alumni

Our distinctive approach

Details of our distinctive approach

An experienced staff team

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Welcome to SPSW

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Professor Nick Ellison, Head of Department

The Department of Social Policy and Social Work at York is one of the leading UK centres for teaching and research in social policy, social work and professional development for public managers.

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