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Social Policy (MA)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)

Overview

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Our Masters degree in social policy is designed to develop students’ critical knowledge and understanding of social policy. Together with active researchers you will be led through the key contemporary debates in social policy as well as learning how to develop and carry out your own social policy-focused research projects.

Our Master’s has a strong focus on critical and radical approaches to the study of social policy both here in the UK and from a global perspective.  In particular the course is concerned with how social policies can reinforce and reproduce marginalisation and oppression in society for groups such as women, deprived communities, ethnic minorities, migrants, disabled people and older people.  Concurrently, nevertheless, the program will also analyse how various social policies have been the result of resistance to dominant economic structures and should therefore also be conceptualised as key institutions formalising the rights of the same groups which social policies often oppress.  Social policy is also a deeply political subject and as consequence our program explores the theoretical links between the economy and transformations in welfare systems. 

With our strong focus on research methods, however, our course also enables students to develop the central skills required to analyse, understand and critically evaluate any social policy issue.  Not only do we encourage students to understand policies comparatively, we also provide a significant amount of research training which covers the key philosophical issues and traditions in social science complimented by significant instruction on the uses and strengths of the range of methods and methodological approaches (i.e. quantitative and qualitative data analysis, focus groups, ethnography and so on).

Drawing on our vibrant and developing research culture we offer contemporary and relevant degree programme, drawing expertise from our interest in current social policy trends in Britain, Europe and globally. Studying for a Master’s in Social Policy is guaranteed to be an intellectually engaging experience which will allow students to develop the skills required for many relevant career pathways.

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

  • Ability to shape own studies – You will have the possibility to develop your own ideas and research interests, collect and analyse original data and participate in small group work and presentations. This work culminates in the opportunity to produce a final original dissertation project.
     
  • Expert teaching and learning - Liverpool Hope University's academic faculty has vast teaching and research experience both in the UK and internationally. You will benefit from the knowledge of academics, professionals and practitioners within the discipline.
     
  • Focused learning in small class settings- Students will have the benefit of focused teaching from dedicated specialists in a small group setting.
     
  • Exciting new programme based on latest developments in the discipline - Liverpool Hope University's MA Social Policy has been written with a contemporary curriculum in mind ensuring that you gain the most up-to-date knowledge. This is a vibrant and exciting new post-graduate development in a research-focused department.
     
  • Career development - Liverpool Hope University is renowned for its first class student support and career development. You will have a dedicated tutor available for one-to-one guidance on learning, academic writing and career planning. 

For more information, download the Social Policy MA Leaflet

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

Curriculum

The programme consists of four modules and a dissertation (final research project) totalling 180 credits. Assessment methods will vary and may include academic essays, reports, presentations and examinations, research proposals and a research dissertation.

  • Advanced Social Theory (30 credits) – You will engage with, evaluate and critically analyse a range of social theory ranging in scope from classical social theory to post-modern approaches.
     
  • Advanced Studies in Social Research (30 credits)-You will understand the methodological principles and practices that underpin independent research at Master’s level. You will examine the research process, including design, data collection and analysis, interpretation and presentation.
     
  • Transformations in the UK welfare state (30 credits) – This part of the course explores the key issues in social policy in the UK in a contemporary perspective.  Notably we will explore the relationship between social policies and the wider political economy, unpicking and critically analysing recent changes in social policy such as privatisation, marketization and austerity.  The course will analyse these changes in the welfare state in relation to poverty, class, ‘race’, gender, ageing, sexuality and disability.
     
  • Comparative Social Policy and Globalisation (30 credits) – This part of the course will concentrate on developing an international perspective on social policy.  The module has two main aims.  Firstly, to comparatively analyse different welfare states across the world and, secondly, to explore social policy in relation to globalisation and global capitalism.
     
  • Dissertation/Research Project (60 credits) – The focus of the research project will be on an issue of relevance to the study of social policy. The study can involve the collection of primary data or a literature-based dissertation. 

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.  

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

English language requirement: Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS 6.5 (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 106 or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section. 

Teaching & Research

All classes are held at Liverpool Hope University’s main campus, Hope Park. The campus is situated just four miles from the city centre and offers superb academic and support facilities, including on-campus library, free computer and wi-fi access, and a careers service for advice on part-time work opportunities and post-study careers.            

The Department of Social Work, Care and Justice has a growing reputation and is currently recognised as one of the key departments in the country for radical and critical social policy and social work studies. The department is home to the Journal of Radical and Critical Social Work. 

We are a growing department with a diverse and enthusiastic staff team who are active researchers and are published widely in a number of areas. The team are largely focused on issues of inequality and social justice.  Specific areas of interest include: radical perspectives on the welfare state, racism, immigration, critical perspectives on mental health, the history of welfare reform and class politics, political economy, immigration, social models of disability, social policy of youth/childhood and gender inequality. 

Employability

The MA in Social Policy will enhance the career development and prospects of entering occupations such as social work, public sector welfare work, probation service, teaching, journalism, local and national government, social research, charity/voluntary sector, campaigning and non-governmental organisations.

Graduates will also have developed the skills in research and communication and in critical and flexible thinking that are sought after by a wide range of employers. This post-graduate qualification would enable graduates to embark on a research degree or PhD programme.

Overview

* Apply now for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

Our Masters degree in social policy is designed to develop students’ critical knowledge and understanding of social policy. Together with active researchers you will be led through the key contemporary debates in social policy as well as learning how to develop and carry out your own social policy-focused research projects.

Our Master’s has a strong focus on critical and radical approaches to the study of social policy both here in the UK and from a global perspective.  In particular the course is concerned with how social policies can reinforce and reproduce marginalisation and oppression in society for groups such as women, deprived communities, ethnic minorities, migrants, disabled people and older people.  Concurrently, nevertheless, the program will also analyse how various social policies have been the result of resistance to dominant economic structures and should therefore also be conceptualised as key institutions formalising the rights of the same groups which social policies often oppress.  Social policy is also a deeply political subject and as consequence our program explores the theoretical links between the economy and transformations in welfare systems. 

With our strong focus on research methods, however, our course also enables students to develop the central skills required to analyse, understand and critically evaluate any social policy issue.  Not only do we encourage students to understand policies comparatively, we also provide a significant amount of research training which covers the key philosophical issues and traditions in social science complimented by significant instruction on the uses and strengths of the range of methods and methodological approaches (i.e. quantitative and qualitative data analysis, focus groups, ethnography and so on).

Drawing on our vibrant and developing research culture we offer contemporary and relevant degree programme, drawing expertise from our interest in current social policy trends in Britain, Europe and globally. Studying for a Master’s in Social Policy is guaranteed to be an intellectually engaging experience which will allow students to develop the skills required for many relevant career pathways.

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

  • Ability to shape own studies – You will have the possibility to develop your own ideas and research interests, collect and analyse original data and participate in small group work and presentations. This work culminates in the opportunity to produce a final original dissertation project.
     
  • Expert teaching and learning - Liverpool Hope University's academic faculty has vast teaching and research experience both in the UK and internationally. You will benefit from the knowledge of academics, professionals and practitioners within the discipline.
     
  • Focused learning in small class settings- Students will have the benefit of focused teaching from dedicated specialists in a small group setting.
     
  • Exciting new programme based on latest developments in the discipline - Liverpool Hope University's MA Social Policy has been written with a contemporary curriculum in mind ensuring that you gain the most up-to-date knowledge. This is a vibrant and exciting new post-graduate development in a research-focused department.
     
  • Career development - Liverpool Hope University is renowned for its first class student support and career development. You will have a dedicated tutor available for one-to-one guidance on learning, academic writing and career planning. 

For more information, download the Social Policy MA Leaflet

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

Curriculum

The programme consists of four modules and a dissertation (final research project) totalling 180 credits. Assessment methods will vary and may include academic essays, reports, presentations and examinations, research proposals and a research dissertation.

  • Advanced Social Theory (30 credits) – You will engage with, evaluate and critically analyse a range of social theory ranging in scope from classical social theory to post-modern approaches.
     
  • Advanced Studies in Social Research (30 credits)-You will understand the methodological principles and practices that underpin independent research at Master’s level. You will examine the research process, including design, data collection and analysis, interpretation and presentation.
     
  • Transformations in the UK welfare state (30 credits) – This part of the course explores the key issues in social policy in the UK in a contemporary perspective.  Notably we will explore the relationship between social policies and the wider political economy, unpicking and critically analysing recent changes in social policy such as privatisation, marketization and austerity.  The course will analyse these changes in the welfare state in relation to poverty, class, ‘race’, gender, ageing, sexuality and disability.
     
  • Comparative Social Policy and Globalisation (30 credits) – This part of the course will concentrate on developing an international perspective on social policy.  The module has two main aims.  Firstly, to comparatively analyse different welfare states across the world and, secondly, to explore social policy in relation to globalisation and global capitalism.
     
  • Dissertation/Research Project (60 credits) – The focus of the research project will be on an issue of relevance to the study of social policy. The study can involve the collection of primary data or a literature-based dissertation. 

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.  

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

English language requirement: Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS 6.5 (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 106 or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section. 

Teaching & Research

All classes are held at Liverpool Hope University’s main campus, Hope Park. The campus is situated just four miles from the city centre and offers superb academic and support facilities, including on-campus library, free computer and wi-fi access, and a careers service for advice on part-time work opportunities and post-study careers.            

The Department of Social Work, Care and Justice has a growing reputation and is currently recognised as one of the key departments in the country for radical and critical social policy and social work studies. The department is home to the Journal of Radical and Critical Social Work. 

We are a growing department with a diverse and enthusiastic staff team who are active researchers and are published widely in a number of areas. The team are largely focused on issues of inequality and social justice.  Specific areas of interest include: radical perspectives on the welfare state, racism, immigration, critical perspectives on mental health, the history of welfare reform and class politics, political economy, immigration, social models of disability, social policy of youth/childhood and gender inequality. 

Employability

The MA in Social Policy will enhance the career development and prospects of entering occupations such as social work, public sector welfare work, probation service, teaching, journalism, local and national government, social research, charity/voluntary sector, campaigning and non-governmental organisations.

Graduates will also have developed the skills in research and communication and in critical and flexible thinking that are sought after by a wide range of employers. This post-graduate qualification would enable graduates to embark on a research degree or PhD programme.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Professor Michael Lavalette

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3145

e: lavalem@hope.ac.uk

Department: Social Work, Care and Justice

Start date: September

How to Apply