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.
You'll deepen your understanding of policy-making and explore the interaction between policy-making on local, national and global levels. You'll use evidence to improve social policy practice and develop a range of transferable skills such as critical thinking and designing and conducting research.
By choosing this part-time online course you will be able to combine your study with your career and family. You'll also be studying with one of the top universities in the world, with teaching and support from experienced academics and practitioners. Our Department is ranked 24th in the world, and 5th in the UK (QS World Rankings 2017). All our courses are run directly by us, so you can always count on coherent and strong support from your academic tutors, personal supervisor and our dedicated support team.
You'll study alongside your peers working in similar organisations around the world. You'll be able to actively engage with them and share your ideas, learning and experience as you progress through the course. You'll also be in a position to immediately apply your learning and insight to your work and your organisation.
Our online Social Policy courses scored 100% for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016 (response rate: 25%)
Social Policy at York is ranked in the world top 25 by the QS World Rankings by Subject 2017.
The thing that’s worked well for me is the online learning environment and working full-time while studying.
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. See our brochure for details.
To graduate with a masters degree you will need to take 120 credits of taught modules and complete a dissertation 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 60 credits with these modules:
In your second year you'll study a combination of taught modules, which will help prepare you for your dissertation:
You will also explore an area of particular interest by choosing to study one of these modules:
These modules will run during 2016-18. Modules may change in later years in light of student feedback and ongoing research.
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.
|Part-time, distance learning (2 years)|
Higher band fee. Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
|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.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
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).
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.
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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
You'll study online, allowing you to study from wherever you are. You should spend about 15 hours per week completing all 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:
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 journal (or another practice exercise) 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.
You should normally have at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification. However, if you do not meet this requirement but have relevant work experience with good academic potential you are encouraged to apply.
You should also have professional experience in public or social policy. This could be in roles at 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 ensure you have:
When you apply you'll need to write a personal statement, answering all the questions on this template and acknowledging the Requirements of Study.
If your native language is not English you will need to show evidence of your English language ability. Some exceptions apply, but the standard accepted qualifications are listed below:
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.