This Masters programme is ideal for mid-career professionals. You'll find the course useful if you work, or intend to work, with policy; either as an adviser, researcher, analyst or consultant.
You'll study a strongly international curriculum that is based around a combination of comparative social and public policy management and advanced research skills training. This course builds directly on our applied policy research expertise, both in the taught modules which draw heavily on our own research and in the practice-relevant activity that provides an opportunity to participate in ongoing policy research projects.
The Department of Social Policy and Social Work has one of the largest concentrations of social policy research in the UK. It is home to two specialist research units: the Social Policy Research Unit and the Centre for Housing Policy.
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).
York is ranked in the world top ten for Social Policy and Administration in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2020.
This is a 21-month course that specialises in social and public policy analysis and social research. You'll focus on comparative cross-national and international policy. You'll also spend time analysing policy development and policy lessons from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member states.
The first half of this Masters of Public Administration (MPA) will enable you to study and explore a combination of comparative social policy and public management. In the second half you'll get advanced research skills training. You'll undertake practice related activities including small group projects that will expose you to applied policy research in practice with the support of a learning mentor.
You will take 240 credits across 21 months - 130 credits in Year 1 and 110 credits in Year 2.
You'll study six modules in your first year that will introduce you to the concepts and techniques you'll use later in the course. You'll also build on your knowledge with a series of masterclasses and your own policy analysis.
In your second year you'll study five modules that build advanced research skills and allow you to deepen your understanding of applied social and public policy. You'll also write an experiential analysis of your placement experiences and undertake detailed independent study on a topic that links to your professional interests and experience.
Throughout the programme you will undertake a series of masterclasses and engage in portfolio-based learning, including group projects, conference attendance and professional networking.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
You'll work on two independent projects that will be assessed as part of your course.
In your first year you'll work on the Applied Policy Transfer Project to produce a 8,000 word report under the supervision of your mentor. You'll be able to specialise on a specific policy issue in which you'll explore cross-national evidence to identify policy solutions that may be transferred from one country to another.
Towards the end of your second year you'll undertake a longer independent project in which you'll produce a structured scoping review of up to 10,000 words.
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.
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There are no mandatory additional fees. Books recommended for reading will be available from the Library, but you may wish to buy your own copies. Each book typically costs £30.
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
Each CASPPER student is given an individualised training budget of £400. This is spent on additional training and conference travel during the Programme (activities are agreed with their learning mentor).
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
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'll attend lectures, usually in groups no larger than 30 students, and often with much fewer. You'll also take part in group seminars and hands-on workshops. You will attend a series of masterclasses that explore issues such as research communication, organisational culture, behavioural insights for social and public policy, and systematic reviewing of evidence in detail.
You'll have support from a personal supervisor throughout the course. You'll also have a mentor who will work with you on a one-to-one basis through the course of your placement
You'll also be able to attend the Department's lectures and University lectures featuring visiting speakers from across the world.
You'll be based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place nearby.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Your assessment will be continuous and based mainly on essays and reports. You will receive written feedback on all assessed work.
You'll complete a 8,000 word report: exploring a policy issue in a cross-national context. You'll also produce a longer scoping review of up to 10,000 words which will be linked to your policy interests and the research methods training you'll receive.
This course is ideal for mid-career professionals that aim to work in, or already work in, social or public policy.
Our graduates have gone on to enhance their careers in a diverse range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations in roles such as policy analysts and advisers, This course also provides a foundation for a career in social and policy research.
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent|
|Other qualifications and experience||You will also be considered if you have relevant work experience and academic potential|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
You'll need at least three years professional experience in a public sector or NGO setting.
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||Minimum overall score of 110|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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