Social and Public Policy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
This MA in Social and Public Policy at University of Leeds explores issues, concepts, and debates in social and public policy research to gain an insight into policy making and its social impacts on individuals and communities.

About

Core modules explore social thoeries, issues and research methods relevant to social policy and welfare. You will develop core skills in critical policy analysis and policy evaluation. There are also opportunities to study and debate current policy issues, such as work and welfare, child and family policy or the challenges of ageing populations, 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 advanced research skills or study complementary social topics such as disability studies, gender studies, racism and ethnicity studies, or globalisation.

With this MA in Social and Public Policy at University of Leeds you値l gain an insight into some of the most sensitive and complex social issues affecting governments worldwide.

Research insight 

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.

Career opportunities

You値l gain a wide range of knowledge and skills throughout this programme, including sophisticated skills in research, communication and analysis that will be useful in a variety of careers.

Social and Public Policy graduates have gone on to a wide range of posts across the third-sector, public services, government and business. These have included central and local government departments, community bodies, housing and health organisations, research consultancies and advocacy or campaigning.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (Social Policy)
  • Researching Culture and Society
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Policy and Programme Evaluation
  • Understanding Society and Culture

Optional modules

  • China's Development
  • Environmental Assessment
  • European Human Rights
  • Human Resource Management: An International Perspective
  • Managing Change
  • Understanding and Managing Effective Groups and Teams
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Management of Finance for Health
  • Policing Post-Conflict Cities
  • Development Management Techniques
  • 'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic
  • Disability and Development
  • Contested Bodies
  • Que(e)rying Sexualities
  • Social Policy Debates
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Power, Critique & Global Transformations
  • Standards and Tools for Business, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • System Dynamics: Modelling Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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 B2):

    176

    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:

    92

    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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee

Funding

The School of Sociology and Social Policy offers a range of partial and full fee scholarships.These are partial fee scholarships (50%), available to Leeds graduates paying fees at the UK/EU rate, which can be used on any Masters courses offered by the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

For more information, please check the programme website.

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