M.Sc. On Campus

Social Policy

University of Strathclyde

12 months
16400 GBP/year
7300 GBP/year
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This Social Policy course at the University of Strathclyde offers the opportunity to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of key social policy issues together with advanced training in research methods.


Expand your knowledge of contemporary issues facing social welfare and wellbeing and how social policy responds to them. Develop knowledge and research skills highly valued by public, third and private sector employers. Acquire research training vital for further study at PhD level.

This Social Policy course at the University of Strathclyde has two pathways. The Social Policy pathway is for students who wish to update their existing knowledge and skills and improve their understanding of social policy.

Some classes, including the classes in the Principles of Research Design, Quantitative Methods, and Qualitative Methods, are assessed by coursework and examination. Welfare concepts and ideas is assessed by two essays of 2,500 words each. Approaches to welfare: past, present and future and the Advanced project module will be assessed by means of a single 5,000-word essay. The dissertation is 15,000 words in length.


Social policy graduates are employed in a wide range of occupations, including:

  • business, research and administrative professions
  • welfare and housing associated professions
  • caring and personal service occupations
  • protective services

This course has been designed to enable you to update and extend your knowledge of a wide range of social and welfare issues whilst also developing your practical research skills.

It is particularly well-suited to individuals who wish to develop their methodological expertise in order to undertake research within the social and welfare services or to pursue opportunities for further postgraduate study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Perspectives on Social Research
  •  Quantitative Methods
  •  Welfare Concepts and Ideas
  •  Qualitative Methods
  •  Approaches to Welfare: Past
  •  Dissertation

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • There’s no formal closing date for postgraduate applications


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • First or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in Social Policy or a related discipline.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7300 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

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


There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

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