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MA Comparative and International Social Policy

University of York

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of York

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MA in Comparative and International Social Policy 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.

We have one of the largest concentrations of social policy research in the UK. We are ranked third in the UK for overall research performance and joint first for the impact of our research (REF 2014). Our students have access to staff, projects and research across a wide range of social policy areas and internationally-renowned research centres, including the Social Policy Research Unit, Centre for Housing Policy, Social Policy East Asia Exchange, Centre for Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy, Welfare Conditionality and the Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research

This course is part of a group of social policy Masters degrees that draw on the research excellence of the Department to enable you to study social policy at an advanced level. These courses each offer a unique blend of modules to allow you to specialise in a particular area.

  • MA Social Policy
  • MRes Social Policy
  • MA Comparative and International Social Policy
  • MPA Comparative Applied Social and Public Policy
  • MA Global Social Policy
  • MA Global Crime and Justice

Course content

The MA in Comparative and International Social Policy is based around a combination of social policy analysis and research training. You'll start with a solid introduction to comparative social research methods and social policy analysis. You'll then explore how social policy is affected by globalisation. You'll finish with a comparative exploration of how emerging governance structures and actors affect the management and delivery of social policy in national and international settings.

This Masters degree has a broad international approach, rooted in the analysis of higher-income OECD countries and adapting this to a study of a broader sample of countries across the globe. The course attracts students from around the world, so you'll benefit from first-hand international insight.

Careers and skills

The MA in Comparative and International Social Policy 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.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

  • University League Table

    18th

  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching delivered by leading academics, integrated with award-winning employability programmes, equips students for the international labour market.
A diverse campus community of students from over 150 countries that offers a lifelong global alumni network.
Specialist international student support includes orientation, immigration advice, Language Skills Centres, and International Pathway College programmes.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 86 3

    18th out of 45 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    147 71%

    22nd

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75.0 75%

    15th

    4
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%

    38th

    7
  • Entry standards

    / Max 191
    134 70%

    13th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    40.0 40%

    37th

    30
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.77 75%

    40th

    19

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