Social Policy, M.A. | Plymouth Marjon University | Plymouth, United Kingdom
12 months
12000 GBP/year
6500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Analyse social policy as it applies to your profession, considering its broader economic, social, political, environmental and political contexts. Contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice. Learn more with the Social Policy programme of the Plymouth Marjon University.


Key facts

The Social Policy programme of the Plymouth Marjon University 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.

What might you become?

MA Social Policy graduates could expect work in a wide range of posts across the third-sector public services, education, government and business.  These could include roles in central and local government departments, community bodies, charities, housing and health organisations, research consultancies and advocacy or campaigning bodies. You’ll gain a wide range of knowledge and transferable skills throughout the programme, including sophisticated skills in research, communication and analysis. Our current students work alongside study in a range of fields in health, housing, social services and education.

Programme Structure

Courses 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A relevant degree such as one from Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities or the human service professions.
  • Applicants with other degrees are assessed on their social sciences knowledge at interview, and an appropriate reading list will be devised for them.
  • We accept applications from experienced practitioners with non-traditional qualifications.
  • APEL regulations will apply.
  • DBS clearance may be required depending on module selection.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Plymouth

731 - 1387 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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