At this Sociology and Social Policy MSc course offered by the University of Southampton you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of:
- the main themes and debates in sociology and how to use them to analyse social issues
- the main issues in the philosophy of social science
- conceptual debates in social policy
- qualitative and quantitative research methods, and data analysis techniques
- designing and conducting independent research in sociology or social policy
When you apply for this course, we’ll ask you to choose one of the 3 following pathways to reflect your personal interests or career plans. There is some module variation between pathways, but you’ll gain the same overview of key topics whichever pathway you choose.
- Substantive pathway: This focuses on the key concepts of sociology and social policy, and how these relate to contemporary policy issues.
- International social policy pathway: This focuses on understanding global social inequality, policy responses, and governance.
- Research methods pathway: This focuses on quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- With this degree you’ll be in an ideal position to start a career in social research, public administration or public policy in the public, private or voluntary sector.
- You’ll also be well placed to continue your studies at PhD level.
- International Social Policy
- Philosophy of Social Science Research
- Research Design and Practice
- Understanding Modernity
- Understanding Social Change
- Ageing, Health and Well-being
- Comparative Public Administration
- Criminal Behaviour
- Criminal Justice
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesInternational Relations Sociology Public Policy View 360 other Masters in Public Policy in United Kingdom
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject, such as:
- social policy
- social administration
International19850 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19850 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
EU and international students pay £19,850.
Living costs for Southampton
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.