Global Social Policy, M.A. | University of York | York, United Kingdom
12 months
22250 GBP/year
9990 GBP/year
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This Global Social Policy course from University of York will enable you to engage effectively and critically with the theoretical and empirical dimensions of global social policy development. It offers a combination of taught coursework and a supervised dissertation. 

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The study of global social policy is an area of increasing interest, both academically and as an applied subject. It is especially relevant given the growing importance of supranational and international social policy discourse and policy interventions in tackling social problems.

So you'll have the opportunity to develop detailed knowledge of social policy in a global context. Through your own guided research project you will explore aspects of social policy in which you have a particular interest.

This Global Social Policy course from University of York is especially suitable for:

  • Prospective social policy analysts and researchers with an interest in global and/or international social and public policy
  • Professionals working on social policy in international organisations and development agencies, global advocacy agencies and international non-governmental organisations
  • Graduates from social policy, politics, sociology or international studies degrees who want to hone their undergraduate studies in a more focused area of study
  • Potential PhD students who want to develop their theoretical and empirical skills in this area.

Careers and skills

The MA in Global Social Policy develops skills that employers need in a number of areas, especially policy analysis and research. You'll also find you develop transferable skills that will allow you to progress to different career areas or to continue your studies at PhD level.

Career opportunities

This MA is aimed at students interested in careers ranging from national or international policy analysis to international development, applied research and campaign work.

Graduates go on to a wide variety of destinations but most tend to go into one of these key areas:

  • Policy analysis inside international or intergovernmental organisations, national government agencies, think tanks, social service administration, NGOs or campaigning organisations
  • Research in policy organisations, consultancies or international departments of national civil services
  • Government ministries
  • Academic research and PhD level study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Comparative and International Social Policy
  • Global Social Problems and Global Social Policy 
  • Globalisation and Social Policy

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 or equivalent

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22250 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9990 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9990 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time (2 years)

  • UK:£4,995
  • International/EU: £11,125

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 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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