This course is ideal for professionals in organisations that develop or implement social policy and public policy. During your studies you'll develop the skills and knowledge required to influence policy and you'll link public policy theory to concrete examples of social policy.
Interdisciplinary, research-informed and built on the principle of strong and comprehensive support for our students, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to further your career in a wide range of public service and non-profit sector organisations, shaping and influencing both policy and the future of public services.
You will deepen your understanding of policy-making and explore policy-making on the local, national and global level. You will assess and analyse how social policy-making interacts with and is shaped by socio-economic structures and conflictual political processes. You’ll also analyse the ways in which globalisation dynamics impact on and are filtered through national social policies. You will use evidence to improve social policy practice and develop a range of transferable skills such as critical thinking and designing and conducting research.
The design of the course and the support provided mean that you will be able to balance the requirements of your studies with your work and other responsibilities.
I found the programme content to be rich and diverse, with clear and structured topic progression which allowed students to build a thorough understanding of the policy process before moving onto modules focused upon more specific areas of policy. I found all of the modules engaging, well-structured, and very well supported by the materials.Ali McManus, Student Data and Management Information Manager, UK
The Department of Social Policy and Social Work is ranked equal first in the UK for the impact of its research (Times Higher Education's Ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework).
This Masters course will explore four themes:
In your second year you'll start to prepare for your independent dissertation which will allow you to explore an area of particular interest. You'll have support from a dedicated dissertation supervisor.
You can also study for a shorter period of time and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.
To graduate with a Masters degree you will need to take a total of 180 credits - 120 credits of taught modules and a dissertation as a part of your Independent Study Project, worth 60 credits.
You'll study these modules to a schedule. This will allow you to participate online with academics and fellow students from around the world.
In your first year you'll study 70 credits with these modules:
In your second year you will explore an area of interest by choosing to study one of these modules:
You'll study this combination of taught modules to help prepare you for your dissertation:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Supported by your dissertation supervisor, you will work on your 18,000 word dissertation from April to mid-September.
Your taught modules will help prepare you for your dissertation. The first year modules and your optional module from the second year will provide a firm theoretical foundation for your dissertation work. Other second year modules introduce a range of methodological approaches, helping you plan and implement your individual research project. With the help of your dissertation supervisor you'll identify an appropriate topic and develop a structure. You'll also select, review and critically examine relevant literature and sources.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home) / International and EU|
|Part-time, distance learning (2 years)
Higher band fee. Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
|Part-time, distance learning (2 years)
This lower band fee applies to student based in developing countries, employers sponsoring more than one student per cohort, CIMA certified applicants, CIPFA members, City of York Council employees and Ministry of Defence personnel. Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
All reading materials are available via the course’s Virtual Learning Environment and the university’s extensive online Library.
I liked the experience very much. I felt really supported by both teaching and non-academic staff. I really enjoyed it.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
You will study online, allowing you to study from wherever you are. You should spend about 15 hours per week on your reading and tasks. You can decide when you work on these weekly tasks; all activities can be completed around your schedule.
The three main kinds of activity you will be asked to do are:
There is also an opportunity in each module to take part in an optional 'live' seminar session with the module tutor and fellow students, to explore the module content or prepare for the assignment.
You'll be supported by:
You will take part in exercises and other tasks as you progress through each module. This will allow you to receive feedback on your progress and understanding.
At the end of each 20 credit module you'll complete an assignment. Normally this will be a 3,000 word assessment. For the 10 credit modules you will work on a shorter written piece or journal, or will complete a dissertation plan.
A major benefit of online learning is that you can study flexibly at times which suit you. Day and night, students from all over the world are logging in to study and contributing to forum discussions. The academic support is first rate.
This course is ideal for people working in the public and not-for-profit sectors as well as people working in for-profit organisations that deliver public services. It will allow you to develop the skills required for management in a large and complex organisation. You'll achieve an understanding of public policy so you can analyse and influence policy-making and implementation.
Our current students and alumni work in roles in:
Many of our alumni have progressed in their careers either during or after their studies.
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent|
|Other qualifications and experience||If you don't have experience of undergraduate study we may consider your application if you have a suitable professional background|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
You should have professional experience in the public service field. This could be in roles in local or national government, or in non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services.
You will also need to have:
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 55 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 169 in each component|
|TOEFL||87, minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all requirements|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 100 in all other components|
For more information see our English language requirements.