Social and Public Policy, M.A.

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  • 12 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
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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.


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

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
    • Average duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in sociology, social policy or a related subject.

Tuition Fee


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.

Information on Scholarships can be obtained from Scholarships at Leeds.

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