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Social Policy

The MSc in Social Policy offers you the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of contemporary social policy, including the working of devolution in the UK. You will receive training in social research methods, effective dissemination, policy analysis, and the ability to apply theoretical perspectives and concepts to real-life problems. The course has a strong focus on major societal challenges such as social justice and inequality and global perspectives on these issues. You will benefit from working with a team of internationally recognised researchers and educators committed to facilitating your personal, intellectual, and professional development. As a student in the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences you will also benefit from the research expertise of our staff and from the work of specialist research centres in the School.

The course is suited to those aiming for a career in the public sector, in NGOs and in private sector research organisations. It is also geared towards professionals working in these sectors seeking to enhance career progression. Employability and progression opportunities are enhanced through the opportunity to receive advanced research methods and skills training and opportunities to apply theoretical learning to real-life policy situations.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a second class honours degree or better in Social Sciences, Humanities, Law or a cognate discipline from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard.

Where an applicant has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Duration

Attendance

Full-time
Taken in full-time mode the MSc takes one calendar year. You will normally be expected to attend class for 4-5 hours on two days a week during Semester One (Sept- Jan) and Semester Two (Jan - May). Students conduct their dissertation during Semester Three (June - Sept). The programme will be supplemented with seminars and lectures by visiting academics and practitioners.

In part-time mode students normally take 5/6 semesters of study to complete the MSc.

Part-time
The part time provision offers two points of entry in each academic year: September and January. For both intakes, the degree will normally be completed across three academic years.

In the part-time mode, students take two 15-credit modules per semester per year and each module equates to a student effort of 150 hours, made up of direct contact hours (i.e. delivered in the classroom) and the remainder as independent study time which would involve reading books, journals and researching for coursework etc. Students also undertake a 60-credit Dissertation in year 3, which has limited direct teaching but has a staff supervisory process to support you or a Real Estate Work Based Project.

On average the contact time per week for each module will be 5 hours (with a mix of lectures and tutorials) i.e. 5 hours x 2 modules = 10 contact hours. This varies in some modules but will never be more than 5 hours per week per module. Usually these contact hours are spread across a minimum of 1-2 days in the part-time mode across 12 weeks per semester.

Careers or further progression

Career options

The course is suited to those aiming for a career in the public sector, in NGOs and in private sector research organisations. It is also geared towards professionals working in these sectors seeking to enhance career progression. Employability and progression opportunities are enhanced through the opportunity to receive advanced research methods and skills training and opportunities to apply theoretical learning to real life policy situations.

Further enquiries

Contact
Admissions
Ruth McKeegan
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6134
E: rm.mckeegan@ulster.ac.uk

Ann-Marie Gray
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6689
E: am.gray@ulster.ac.uk

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020
Register at: ulster.ac.uk/pg-information-events

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