Health & Social Policy at University of Strathclyde - UCAS

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Course summary

The MSc in Health & Social Policy offers you the opportunity to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of how key health and social policies and outcomes intersect, while also providing advanced training in research methods. It aims to improve your knowledge and understanding of the factors which shape people's health and wellbeing, and the ways in which different societies and governments have intervened to shape these relationships. This integrative approach to health and social policy is inspired by recent policy efforts to develop whole-of-government and systems approaches that focus on understanding cross-policy links - efforts that are, in turn, informed by evidence demonstrating such approaches are more cost-effective. There is strong focus on combining postgraduate level research methods training with study of research challenges from a policy perspective. The programme includes opportunities for students to undertake a placement-based dissertation module, examining advocacy and research challenges in partnership with non-governmental organisations (NGO), policy bodies, or academic research teams. Ranked 3rd in the UK for Social Policy (Times Good University Guide 2023)


The MSc Health & Social Policy consists of two core health policy modules, at least one social policy option (with the possibility of doing two) and a module that links across health and social policy (Inequalities and Social Policy). In addition, students on the programme will take at least one methods module and will have the option to undertake a dissertation in Social Policy or a placement-based dissertation. Core modules in Semester One: Co-Production and Engagement in Health Policy & Practice, Inequalities in Social Policy Core modules in Semester Two: Health Policy in an International Context, Quantitative Methods or Qualitative Methods

Assessment method

We assess substantive topic knowledge, research skills and understanding of policy processes in a range of ways. Current forms of assessment include annotated bibliographies, blogs, essays, policy briefs, presentations and podcasts. Both the standard dissertation and the placement-based dissertation are 15,000 words in length.

How to apply

International applicants

If you're a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK Bachelor's Degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence. If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), please check our website for English language requirements before making your application:

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in health or social policy or a related discipline.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is offering a fee reduction of up to 25% to employees of NHS partner agencies. Find out more about the 25% tuition fee reduction for NHS employees: There are several other scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

Health & Social Policy at University of Strathclyde - UCAS