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Social Policy

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

12 months
13500 GBP/year
7100 GBP/year
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The Social Policy programme from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a modular course focusing on some of the most important issues of a world that is characterised by profound cultural, demographic, economic, political and technological change. 

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This course is ideal for anyone interested in the impact of social policy on people’s lives.

This Social Policy programme from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)  is being reapproved under the University’s normal cycle of review. As such, the course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students.

Social policy issues are now at the centre of political debate in Britain and much of the industrialised world. This intellectually challenging course focuses on the most important theoretical perspectives at the cutting-edge of the subject.

Why study with us

Newly-introduced modules include a work placement, where you’ll experience social policy in practice, or you can study an area of your current professional role that interests you.As well as looking at the latest issues around welfare provision you’ll explore what’s historically shaped social policy provision in the UK.

You’ll also examine the principles, political tensions and ethical dilemmas involved in planning and organising a piece of social research.

Future careers

Our MA in Social Policy benefits professionals working in one or other sector of the mixed economy of welfare, as well as anyone interested in social policy or related discipline such as economics, health studies, history, philosophy, politics and sociology. 

It can lead to further postgraduate research and taking on a managerial or professional level role. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Underst. Poverty & social Inequal
  • Comparative Social policy and Social Change
  • Social Theory and Social Policy: Rethinking Welfare
  • The Making of Social Policy
  • Social Research
  • Dissertation
  • Themes & Perspectives in Social Research
  • Social Policy in Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should hold at least a 2:2 degree in Social Policy or a related discipline such as Economics or Health Studies or History or Politics or Sociology
  • Exception: consideration will also be given to applicants with a first degree of Honours Classification of 2:2 or above in other disciplines
  • Candidates with a professional qualification in social care or a related area who do not have a first degree will be asked to demonstrate their suitability for postgraduate study on the basis of an essay of 2000 to 2500 words on a relevant topic and candidates may be asked to attend an interview
  • A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7100 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time: £785 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Living costs for Preston

751 - 1425 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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