M.A. Online

Social and Public Policy (Online)

University of York

24 months
6380 GBP/year
6380 GBP/year
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This Social and Public Policy (Online) course from University of York is ideal for professionals in organisations that develop or implement social policy and public policy. During your studies you'll develop the skills and knowledge required to influence policy and you'll link public policy theory to concrete examples of social policy.


Interdisciplinary, research-informed and built on the principle of strong and comprehensive support for our students, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to further your career in a wide range of public service and non-profit sector organisations, shaping and influencing both policy and the future of public services.

You will deepen your understanding of policy-making and explore policy-making on the local, national and global level. You will assess and analyse how social policy-making interacts with and is shaped by socio-economic structures and conflictual political processes. You’ll also analyse the ways in which globalisation dynamics impact on and are filtered through national social policies. You will use evidence to improve social policy practice and develop a range of transferable skills such as critical thinking and designing and conducting research.

The design of the Social and Public Policy (Online) course from University of York and the support provided mean that you will be able to balance the requirements of your studies with your work and other responsibilties.  

Careers and skills

This course is ideal for people working in the public and not-for-profit sectors as well as people working in for-profit organisations that deliver public services. It will allow you to develop the skills required for management in a large and complex organisation. You'll achieve an understanding of public policy so you can analyse and influence policy-making and implementation.

Career opportunities

Our current students and alumni work in roles in: 

  • Local and national governments and their departments
  • International organisations and non-governmental organisations
  • Other publicly funded organisations such as education and healthcare providers
  • Charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Many of our alumni have progressed in their careers either during or after their studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Globalisation and Social Policy 
  • Social Policy: Evidence, Ideas and Institutions 
  • Digital Capabilities for Global Citizenship 
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Housing and Social Justice 
  • Work, Welfare and Citizenship 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6380 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6380 GBP per year during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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