Social and Public Policy, M.A.

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MA Social and Public Policy at University of Leeds enables you to explore issues, approaches and techniques related to research and advanced scholarship within Social and Public Policy.
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This programme explores issues, concepts, events and research in social and public policy to gain an insight into the impact of policy decisions on individuals and communities.

Core modules will relate research, evidence and policy analysis to current policy issues, such as work and welfare, child and family policy and the challenges of ageing populations. You値l also look at programme and policy evaluation, considering the methodologies used to assess the impact of initiatives with a focus on real-life examples.

Supported by our well-known research centres and taught by expert tutors, you値l tailor the programme to suit your own interests and career aspirations. With a range of optional modules to choose from, you could pursue further research training or topics such as disability studies, global healthcare, racism and ethnicity studies, care or international employment policy.

You値l gain an insight into some of the most sensitive and complex issues affecting governments worldwide.

You値l learn in a research-intensive, stimulating environment. As well as the Leeds Social Sciences Institute which fosters collaboration, you値l benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise hosted by the Centre for Disability Studies, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and many others. All of these centres run their own calendars of events such as workshops and seminars.

Programme Structure

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You値l study three compulsory modules including your dissertation, as well as two other optional modules.

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (Social Policy)60 credits
  • Researching Culture and Society30 credits
  • Social Policy Analysis15 credits
  • Policy and Programme Evaluation15 credits
  • Understanding Society and Culture30 credits

Optional modules

  • China's Development15 credits
  • Environmental Assessment15 credits
  • European Human Rights15 credits
  • Human Resource Management: An International Perspective15 credits
  • Managing Change15 credits
  • Understanding and Managing Effective Groups and Teams15 credits
  • Social Media Marketing15 credits
  • Management of Finance for Health15 credits
  • Policing Post-Conflict Cities15 credits
  • Development Management Techniques15 credits
  • 'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic15 credits
  • Disability and Development15 credits
  • Contested Bodies15 credits
  • Que(e)rying Sexualities15 credits
  • Social Policy Debates15 credits
  • Quantitative Research Methods15 credits
  • Qualitative Research Methods15 credits
  • Power, Critique & Global Transformations15 credits
  • Standards and Tools for Business, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility15 credits
  • Climate Change Mitigation15 credits
  • System Dynamics: Modelling Policy15 credits

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in sociology, social policy or a related subject.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 16000 International
  • GBP 7000 EU/EEA


You can find further information on fees at University of Leeds Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Information on Economic and Social Research Council Awards and School scholarships can be found at funding and scholarships.

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