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M.A. Online

Social Policy

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

24 months
5450 GBP/year
5450 GBP/year
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If you want to explore acute issues like poverty and inequality while growing your career, this Online MA is for you!

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This Online MA in Social Policy from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) aims to explore contemporary problems of our world from cultural, demographic, economic, governmental, and technological perspectives.

During these 2 years, you'll benefit from webinars, forums, and learning activities which will offer you the flexibility to continue to focus your attention on your career and family. You'll also have access to study materials, so you'll be able to learn in your own time.

Why study with us? 

  • Receive guidance from UCLan's academic experts. Take part in regular discussions, receive feedback and assessments
  • Participate to live webinars. You can access them again anytime.
  • Tutors can help you with your independent learning needs
  • Moduled explore contemporary problems that will provide you the necessary tools to be successful in this field

Learning outcomes

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has created this programme aiming to bring on the labour market graduates with a higher-level critical thinking, awareness and theoretical knowledge in the study of poverty and social inequality as social phenomena.

Upon completing the MA in Social Policy, you’ll be able to:

  • Be aware of the challenges and obstacles involves in a social policy research
  • Analyse social policy issues using appropriate materials
  • Make use of the specific skills developed in the process of critical analysis of social policy issues
  • Develop your own social policy research projects

How you're assessed

This programme involves a sum of formative and summative assessments, but no exams.

For the formative assessments, the tutors have to offer you feedback on the presentations and projects. The summative assessments involve essays and coursework. The dissertation is also considered a summative assessment.

Career prospects

After studying this Social Policy MA, you'll have the necessary skills to build a career in social welfare and public service. You can expect to be an eligible candidate for managerial roles because during these 2 years you'll gain skills like self-direction and time management.

Here are some examples of roles open to you after graduation:

  • Charity officer
  • Civil service administrator
  • Health service manager
  • Policy officer
  • Social researcher

Also, you could find exciting occupations like:

  • Business, research and administrative professions
  • Welfare and housing associated professions
  • Caring and personal service occupations
  • Protective services

Maybe you wish to be a professional and find yourself a role in the industry or, maybe you'd like to continue your academic career. This degree opens up your way to a PhD which may be the beginning of your academic and research career.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • The Making of Social Policy
  • Poverty and Inequality: Conceptualisation, Investigation and Policy Making in Historical and Contemporary Societies 
  • Comparing Welfare States 
  • Introduction to Social Research 
  • Dissertation 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold at least a 2:2 degree in Social Policy or a related discipline such as Economics, Health Studies, History, Politics, or Sociology.
  • We’ll also consider your application if you have an honours degree classification of 2:2 or above in other disciplines.
  • If you don’t have a professional qualification in social care, or you don’t have a first degree, we’ll ask you to demonstrate your suitability for postgraduate study by submitting an essay of 2000 to 2500 words on a relevant topic.
  • We may ask you to attend an online, 45-minute interview to discuss your background and interest in the course.
  • You can also explore using our accreditation of prior learning (APL) to claim credits that you can put towards your degree, based on the experience you currently hold.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10900 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    5450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10900 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

paid in two instalments


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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