About the School of Social Policy

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Welcome to the School of Social PolicyThe School of Social Policy is one of the leading centres for applied social policy in the UK. The School is committed to bridging the divide between academia and practice and to applying its research through teaching, publications, consultancy and policy advice.

With a population of more than 28,000 students including 4,000 international students from over 150 countries, Birmingham is one of the largest international student communities in the UK. We support International Students by familiarising them with the UK educational system and helping them to develop their academic English.

There are two departments that make up the School of Social Policy:

The School of Social Policy has vast experience of welcoming students from all over the world. Over the years many students have successfully completed their degrees and enjoyed the experience of living and studying in the City of Birmingham. For further information on the support that we offer International students and examples of our International projects and collaborative work, please visit the International section of our website.

Undergraduate Study

The School of Social Policy offers a number of exciting undergraduate programmes in a number of areas of social policy, including health, social care, housing and communities. The School also offers a degree programme in Policy, Politics and Economics (PPE), which specialises in the study of cutting-edge, real-world issues in a way that cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines.

The School of Social Policy also runs what is believed to be the oldest, continually running social work training programme in the UK, which has been running since 1908.

For more information on the undergraduate programmes in the School, please click here.

Postgraduate Study

The School of Social Policy offers a wide range of taught masters (MA and MSc) programmes, as well as Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and other qualifications that can be taken on a full-time, part-time or modular basis.

The Institute for Applied Social Studies offers a range of taught programmes for graduates to take forward their interests in the fields of social work, social policy and professional practice, including those preparing to undertake a research degree or looking towards a career in research.

The Health Services Management Centre offers postgraduate programmes that provide a challenging and inspiring study experience for both existing and aspiring practitioners in health and social care organisations. They equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop both their careers and organisations.

For further information on the postgraduate programmes available in the School of Social Policy, including postgraduate research degrees, please visit our website.

Student Experience

In the School of Social Policy we offer much more than a degree. Students in the School, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, will have the opportunity to take part in a range of Departmental, College and University wide events. Some of these are social, others are targeted to help students build up a portfolio of experiences, skills and experience for your CV, others are more open events designed to expose you to high-level speakers on current debates relevant to all Social Policy students.

For further information on the opportunities available to you in the School, please visit our student experience section.


The School of Social Policy is based primarily in two buildings: the recently refurbished Muirhead Tower and Park House.

The Institute of Applied Social Studies is based in the Muirhead Tower and enjoys hi-spec, hi-tech teaching facilities. Close to the grand traditional redbrick buildings of Aston Webb, the Institute is conveniently located on our leafy Edgbaston campus.

The Health Services Management Centre has been based at Park House since it was established in 1972. It was built for John Hawkins, a local screw manufacturer and is an imposing building, set in extensive grounds near Edgbaston Pool and the University campus.