Plymouth Marjon University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of St Mark & St John

MA in Social Policy (Taught)

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Course summary

Contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice. The MA Social Policy will be of particular interest to you if you are: •An experienced practitioner looking for advanced Continuous Professional Development opportunities. •An international student wanting to study and practice in the UK. •An undergraduate student looking to move directly onto postgraduate education incorporating work based experiences and strengthening your employability prospects. •A practitioner who wants challenge and interrogate current policy. This challenging programme is about making a difference with opportunities to theorise social policy in practice. The MA Social Policy will provide opportunities to actively engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships as well as contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice. A key feature of the programme is the emphasis on both breadth and depth of understanding of social policy analysis in its broader economic, social, environmental and political contexts.


Modules include: Social policy analysis, Contemporary Issues in social policy research, International social policy analysis, Research in social policy contexts, Independent social policy learning project. Dissertation

Assessment method

Assessment methods include dissertation.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a relevant degree (includes qualifications in the social sciences, arts, humanities or the human service professions). Applicants with other degrees are assessed in terms of their knowledge and understanding of the social sciences at interview, and an appropriate reading programme prepared for them. Applications from experienced practitioners with non-traditional qualifications will be considered. Accreditation of prior experiential learning regulations will apply. IELTS 6.0 in each criteria (reading, speaking, listening and writing) will be required when English is not an applicant's first language. Disclosure and Barring Service clearance is also required.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £6750 Whole course
EU £13000 Whole course
England £6750 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6750 Whole course
Scotland £6750 Whole course
Wales £6750 Whole course
Channel Islands £6750 Whole course
International £13000 Whole course

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they hold Settled or Pre-settled status
MA in Social Policy at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS