MA Policy into Practice consists of three compulsory (20 Credit) modules:
Sectors and Services in British Social Policy
Module Lead(s): Lee Gregory
This module introduces students to an analysis of the British approach to providing welfare services. It focuses on the nature of a range of services and on the ways in which they are delivered, especially emphasising the contribution of different sectors - the market, the state and the third sector. It provides both a theoretical analysis of welfare provision and a direct exposure to welfare provision in practice.
International Social Policy
Module Lead(s): Kelly Hall
This module introduces students to social policy in countries other than the UK. It looks at different modules of social policy and welfare development, explores the impact of globalisation on social welfare and enables students to critically compare and analyse social policy within different cultural, political and historical contexts.
Module Lead(s): Adrian Campbell
Making policy is at the heart of government. It sounds simple, but in reality policy making is a complex process, with competing interests trying to influence the agenda and design of solutions, with those with more power and resources more likely to influence policy. A wide range of strategies are used by those seeking to influence policy, making it important to understand how a policy process works and which strategies are best to use to gain influence.
This module is essential for those students working in government, or intending to work in government, and playing a role in making, implementing and/or evaluating policy. It is also essential for those who hope to play a role in influencing policy, whether that’s through an NGO, a campaign group or a think tank. You will gain knowledge of policy-making and skills in making, analysing and influencing policy that will be of real use to you in the policy world.
and three optional (20 Credit) modules from:
- Introduction to Applied Social Research
Module Lead(s): Lisa Goodson
- Researching Social Policy
Module Lead(s): Jenny Phillimore
- Policy Futures: Global and Local Perspectives
Module Lead(s): Rob Macmillan; John Mohan
- Politics of British Social Policy since 1940
Module Lead(s): Robert Page
- Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice
Module Lead(s): Lisa Goodson
- Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship
Module Lead(s): Nando Sigona
- Third Sector in Social Policy
Module Lead(s): John Mohan
- Special Project in Social Policy
Plus, other modules offered in the College of Social Sciences.
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
MA students also undertake a 60 Credit Dissertation.
Students can choose 40 Credits from other postgraduate programmes from some other university departments, including the International Development Department. We can help you choose the most appropriate modules to study based on your areas of interest and future career ambitions.