Social Policy (MRes), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #135 (QS) ,
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.


The course offers a combination of taught coursework and supervised independent study. You will also complete an Independent study project that will provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate the research skills and knowledge you developed in the earlier stages of the course.

This MRes is especially suited for:

  • Graduates from social policy, politics, sociology or other social sciences
  • Graduates from other backgrounds who wish to develop an understanding of social research methods and policy analysis
  • Those looking to develop a career in social research and/or policy analysis
  • Those considering undertaking a 1+3 route to a PhD level qualification.

Programme Structure

In the autumn term you'll take two compulsory modules:

  • Social Policy Analysis: you will be introduced to the key concepts, techniques and theories used in social policy analysis.

  • Introduction to Social Research Methods: you'll explore the basic principles of social research, become skilled at both quantitative and qualitative research techniques and develop the ability to appraise published research.

In the spring term you'll take two more compulsory modules that build upon your earlier study:

  • Advanced Qualitative Methods: you'll build upon the earlier Introduction to Social Research Methods by gaining an advanced understanding of, and expertise in the use of, qualitative data generation and qualitative analysis and interpretation.

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods: you'll build upon the earlier Introduction to Social Research Methods by learning more specialised techniques. You'll also learn to critically interpret the results of your work and present these in an clear form.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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 A):


    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.

Academic Requirements

Students accepted for the course are normally expected to have at least an upper second class degree or equivalent qualification. However, applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential will also be considered.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any element
  • The University has approved a limited system of admission from English pre-sessional courses for overseas applicants who marginally fail to meet their English language entry requirements. Please note this applies exclusively to applicants who have already achieved an IELTS 6.0 and only need a 0.5 increase to make their offers unconditional.
  • Admission is through satisfactory completion of the Academic and Research Purposes course (EARP1) and test offered by the Centre for English Language Teaching. After successful completion of the course and upon passing the end-of-course test, students will enter the Department directly, and they do not need to re-take IELTS at the end of August.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4165 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4165 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for York

  • 646 - 1130 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Funding opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities for students studying this masters degree:

  • York graduate loyalty discount
  • Chevening Scholarships aimed at future leaders from countries around the world
  • Commonwealth Scholarships
  • CONACyT "becas" (for Mexican students)
  • FIDERH’s Scholraships (for Mexican students)
  • Formula Santander Scholarships (for Latin American students)
  • Global Education Program (for Russian students)
  • Global Study Awards
  • Jean Monnet Scholarships aimed at Turkish students developing careers with a specialism in the EU
  • Marshall Scholarships (for US students)
  • Postgrad Solutions £500 Bursaries
  • The Fulbright-University of York Award (for US students)
  • US Direct loans (for US students)
  • World Wide Studies aimed at those developing careers in public administration in Ukraine

You can also explore more general sources of postgraduate scholarships and funding:

  • Funding from your country
  • Study at York
  • Education UK

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