M.Sc. On Campus

Sociology and Social Policy

University of Southampton

12 months
19850 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Explore how society works and discover the causes of social inequality at this Sociology and Social Policy MSc course offered by the University of Southampton. Here at the University of Southampton, you'll learn about issues such as globalisation, gender and class, and understand how they relate to social policy concepts. These include health, social risk and the welfare state.


Course Details

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.

Career Opportunities

  • 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. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject, such as: 

  • sociology 
  • social policy 
  • social administration 
  • criminology

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19850 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £19,850.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 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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