The MRes in Social Policy will equip you with advanced social policy specific research skills that are needed to critically analyse and research contemporary social problems and policy issues.
This course offers a combination of taught coursework and supervised independent study. You will also complete an independent study project which is an opportunity for you to demonstrate the research skills and knowledge you will develop in the earlier stages of the course.
This MRes is especially suited for:
With one of the largest concentrations of social policy research in the UK, the Department was ranked third in the UK for overall research performance and joint first for the impact of our research by THE, based on the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Graduate students have access to staff, projects and research across a wide range of social policy areas and the Department is home to many internationally renowned research centres.
York is ranked in the world top ten for Social Policy and Administration in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2019.
The MRes in Social Policy is based around a combination of social policy analysis and research training. You'll start with a broad introduction to social research methods and social policy analysis. You'll then go on to study effective data collection, analysis and interpretation at an advanced level as well as developing the presentation and communications skills you'll need to effectively disseminate your research.
Most people study for full-time for 12 months, but part-time study over 24 months is also available.
You will take modules totalling 180 credits the course of your degree, including 100 credits of taught modules and the 80 credit Independent Study Module.
In the Autumn Term you'll take two compulsory modules:
In the Spring Term you'll take two more compulsory modules that build upon your earlier study:
In the Summer Term and summer months you'll take part in the Graduate Research Workshops module (20 credits). This will give you the chance to develop your research interests and participate in a group project with other students who have similar interests. You will also use this time to work on your individual research project.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
You will design, develop and manage your own original research project. You'll produce a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation under the guidance of your own individual supervisor.
Given the individual nature of dissertations, there is huge variation in the topics which can be studied. Recent projects by Social Policy masters students include:
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.
|Full-time (1 year)||£7,810||£17,370|
|Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
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).
There are no mandatory additional fees but we do recommend that you set aside some money for photocopying. Course books will be available to you from the Library either in print or online format but you may wish to buy your own copies - book prices vary, with new books usually costing between £20 and £60. All other teaching resources will be available online.
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
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.
I'm studying for my PhD, specialising in mental health street triage. I'd love to work in mental health research but also teach at the same time, so I'm lucky at the moment to be able to teach on the Introducing Social Policy module.Alice, MRes Social Policy graduate, 2014-15
Hear more from Alice about her experience studying this course.
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.
The modules for this course have been specifically developed for postgraduate study. You'll be taught through a combination of hands-on workshops, lectures and seminars based on real cases and data. You will find that small group working and establishing your own perspective on social issues becomes a core part of your studying process.
You will be based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work which is based on Campus West. Teaching will take place in Alcuin College and other locations across Campus West.
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 15,000-20,000 word dissertation as part of your own specialist research project. You'll also have the opportunity to present your research as it progresses to a wider audience as part of our dissertation workshops.
The teaching has been really good. The staff are all research active so when they're lecturing they feed their own research into the lectures, tutorials and everything. It's interesting to hear about the real life applications of theory and knowledge.Caitlin, MRes Social Policy
The MRes in Social Policy develops skills required by employers in a number of areas, especially policy analysis and research. You'll also find you develop transferable skills that will allow you to progress to different career areas.
The MRes in Social Policy is designed for students who want to become active in social policy analysis and research. Graduates from the MRes in Social Policy go on to a wide variety of destinations but most tend to go into one of three key areas:
There are also opportunities outside social policy, including civil service, journalism and social enterprise.
You will normally be expected to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.
You will also be considered if you have relevant work experience and academic potential.
If your native language is not English, you should meet an English language proficiency level of 6.5 in the British Council's IELTS test with at least 5.5 in each component. We do accept other English language tests.
You may also want to attend a pre-sessional language courses.
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.
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.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system, which allows you to save your progress and return later to finish. If you're unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application.
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