School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Applied Policy Research
This programme is designed for graduates and professionals who wish to enhance their research skills, apply them to a variety of settings relevant to the public, private and voluntary sectors and deepen their understanding of social policy problems and issues. The programme is research training recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 system (Master's degree plus PhD) for funding postgraduate studies in social policy.The programme: (a) equips students with the skills and knowledge to understand and research contemporary policy issues; (b) provides understanding of the interdisciplinary theoretical framework necessary to research social and policy problems and issues; (c) develops research skills appropriate to a variety of settings of relevance to the public and voluntary sectors; and (d) enhances employability through the development of generic and transferable research skills.All students take modules (120 credits) in: political economy of social policy; social divisions and inequality; theory and explanation in social policy; comparative policy analysis; thinking about research û puzzles, paradoxes and problems; introduction to information skills; qualitative and quantitative methodology in the social sciences; dissertation preparation. Modules typically include a diverse range of approaches, including lectures, seminars, workshops, exercises and student presentations. Assessment is by continuous assessment only. The MA involves a dissertation on a social policy topic (60 credits). The Diploma is available for those who do not undertake the dissertation.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission