The study of Policy into Practice concerns the development and nature of government interventions aimed at ensuring the welfare needs of their populations are met, and the ways those interventions are put into effect. Starting from an examination of UK social policy, the programme widens out to examine the experience of and challenges facing other countries. Policy into Practice is a suite of programmes and can include an integrated placement or a health pathway.
For entry onto this programme you should normally have an undergraduate degree of at least an upper second class or an equivalent professional qualification. Participants with relevant work of employment experience will also be considered.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries
English language requirements
English language: IELTS 6.5. Students with lower IELTS scores may apply, but will be advised to register for the pre-sessional English Course (six or ten weeks).
MA Policy into Practice consists of three compulsory (20 Credit) modules:
Sectors and Services in British Social Policy
Module Lead(s): Lee Gregory
This module introduces students to an analysis of the British approach to providing welfare services. It focuses on the nature of a range of services and on the ways in which they are delivered, especially emphasising the contribution of different sectors - the market, the state and the third sector. It provides both a theoretical analysis of welfare provision and a direct exposure to welfare provision in practice.
International Social Policy
Module Lead(s): Kelly Hall
This module introduces students to social policy in countries other than the UK. It looks at different modules of social policy and welfare development, explores the impact of globalisation on social welfare and enables students to critically compare and analyse social policy within different cultural, political and historical contexts.
Module Lead(s): Adrian Campbell
Making policy is at the heart of government. It sounds simple, but in reality policy making is a complex process, with competing interests trying to influence the agenda and design of solutions, with those with more power and resources more likely to influence policy. A wide range of strategies are used by those seeking to influence policy, making it important to understand how a policy process works and which strategies are best to use to gain influence.
This module is essential for those students working in government, or intending to work in government, and playing a role in making, implementing and/or evaluating policy. It is also essential for those who hope to play a role in influencing policy, whether that’s through an NGO, a campaign group or a think tank. You will gain knowledge of policy-making and skills in making, analysing and influencing policy that will be of real use to you in the policy world.
and three optional (20 Credit) modules from:
Introduction to Applied Social Research
Module Lead(s): Lisa Goodson
Researching Social Policy
Module Lead(s): Jenny Phillimore
Policy Futures: Global and Local Perspectives
Module Lead(s): Rob Macmillan; John Mohan
Politics of British Social Policy since 1940
Module Lead(s): Robert Page
Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice
Module Lead(s): Lisa Goodson
Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship
Module Lead(s): Nando Sigona
Third Sector in Social Policy
Module Lead(s): John Mohan
Special Project in Social Policy
Plus, other modules offered in the College of Social Sciences.
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
MA students also undertake a 60 Credit Dissertation.
Our graduates come from the UK and from a wide range of other nations including Chile, China, Cyprus, Japan, Poland, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan. Our graduates have gone on to careers in the public and non-governmental sectors as civil servants, policy analysts, practitioners and social researchers. Others have continued with Doctoral level study.
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