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Comparative Social Policy, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 months
    Duration
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The MPhil in Comparative Social Policy explores welfare systems and policy developments across a range of different countries. The comparative element is a key part of the course, and is one feature that makes the course at Oxford unique.

About

You will study a core paper in comparative social policy and social policy analysis. This paper covers the theories, principles, history and institutions of social policy, and is taught via a closely-linked package of lectures, seminars, small working seminars and individual tutorials. You will also engage in detailed work on social policy analysis through lectures, seminars and presentations.

The research methods skills, covering both quantitative and qualitative methods, are taught in a mix of lectures, classes, workshops and ‘hands-on’ computer lab based weekly training sessions. In addition, there is a course on the principles of comparative research design.

The MPhil course is an extended version of the MSc in Comparative Social Policy. In the first year you will study together with the MSc group and in the second year you will primarily focus on your research project, under individually-tailored supervision. The MPhil particularly suits students who want to conduct research in a world-class environment, with strong potential to pursue a doctorate afterwards.

Programme Structure

The central aim of the MPhil in Comparative Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention is to provide high quality graduate level research training in social policy, taking a comparative perspective, concentrating primarily on industrialised/developed countries. More specific aims are to develop your capacity to:
  • analyse, interpret and review the major concepts, theoretical approaches and historical and contemporary issues in social policy and welfare state development in a range of countries or systems;
  • analyse and compare specific areas of social policy (eg health, education) in different countries or systems, drawing on both empirical data and broader theoretical literature; and
  • undertake both quantitative and qualitative research studies, and to understand the major issues involved in research design and technical analysis in social policy related research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    110

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    7.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    191

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any discipline. There is no requirement on subject area and students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds are considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25387 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25387 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
  • EU/EEA

    16415 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16415 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
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Living costs for Oxford

  • 939 - 1530 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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