Comparative and International Social Policy

University of York

M.A. On Campus
12 months
18240 GBP/year
8040 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Comparative and International Social Policy programme from University of York will train you in comparative and international policy analysis, research and design.


It is ideal for those working or hoping to work in international policy analysis and policy development in governments, charities and NGOs around the world.

This MA is especially suitable for:

  • graduates from degrees in social policy, politics, sociology, international studies or other social sciences
  • graduates from other backgrounds who wish to develop a high quality of graduate level research training in social research methods and policy analysis
  • graduates who wish to develop an understanding of comparative and international welfare institutional arrangements
  • those looking to develop a career in social research and/or policy analysis.

Careers and skills

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

Career opportunities

This Masters is designed for students who want to become active in social policy analysis and research. Graduates go on to a wide variety of destinations but most tend to go into one of these key areas:

  • Policy analysis inside intergovernmental organisations, national government agencies, think tanks, social service administration, NGOs or campaigning organisations
  • Researchers in policy organisations, consultancies and international departments of national civil services
  • Government ministries
  • Higher education careers, including academic research and PhD level study

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Comparative and International Social Policy - Research Methods 
  • Comparative Social Policy - Governance, Management and Delivery
  • Globalisation and Social Policy
  • Graduate Research Workshop 
  • Reflective Practice 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will normally be expected to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. You will also be considered if you have relevant work experience and academic potential.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18240 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8040 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time (2 years)

  • UK/EU: £8,040
  • International: £9,120


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Comparative and International Social Policy
University of York


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