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Social Policy

University of Birmingham

12 months
20430 GBP/year
9810 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Social Policy programme from University of Birmingham will entail the study of a range of social problems, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, crime and health inequalities. 


In doing so, you will be encouraged to consider the underlying causes and to formulate policy solutions to address specific social problems. Alongside this, the MA Social Policy programme will examine contemporary and comparative developments within social policy, so that you will be able to consider the shifting nature of welfare arrangements in a broader political, economic and social context from both a UK and global perspective.

Inherent to Social Policy, as a field of study, is a normative focus that seeks to not only describe the state of a specific society in terms of the fulfilment of human needs, but to consider if our societies should be more effectively and justly organised. A key focus for the MA Social Policy programme, will be on the ways in which we might transform our societies to increase human well-being and to promote sustainable forms of living, and to encourage you to evaluate alternative forms of social organisation. 


Social policy is an applied social science that will challenge you to formulate your own policy solutions to key social issues.  In so doing, equipping you with a combination of social research expertise, substantive knowledge of social issues and policy domains, as well as techniques of policy analysis. 

The Social Policy programme from University of Birmingham is designed for those working in various areas of social policy such as health, housing and social services or who are interested in pursuing a career in these and related fields. It is also suitable for students who have studied a relevant social science or humanities programme at undergraduate level and who are now seeking to study social policy for the first time at postgraduate level. 


Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophies of Welfare: creating new societies? 
  • Poverty, Wealth and Inequality 
  • Dissertation 
  • The Third Sector and Social Policy
  • Migration, Super diversity, Policy and Practice
  • Policy Futures: Theories and Concepts in International Policymaking 
  • Globalisation, International Migration & Citizenship

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

For entry onto this programme you will normally have an undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered on a case by case basis, if you have extensive related work experience. Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20430 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9810 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9810 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • £4,905 p/t (UK students)

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 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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