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MScInternational Social Change and Policy

Tuition fee £16,000 per year
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This innovative and exciting course will develop your awareness of the most pressing challenges posed by social change. You will critically examine dominant policy responses to key aspects of social change at national, cross-national comparative and global levels, and develop your understanding of agendas on policy alternatives and futures.

The course is taught by a team of internationally recognised academics with specialisms in ageing, migration, labour markets, inequalities, family life and comparative and international research methods, whose research makes an impact beyond academia.

The course brings together social policy, sociology and social work academics. Our interdisciplinary approach will help you develop a deeper understanding of the causes of, and solutions to, global and international social problems.

Throughout there is a strong emphasis on developing the practical skills required by social policy analysts working internationally. The dissertation with internship option will also give you the opportunity to apply those skills in a real-world policy environment.

Programme structure

Core modules

Qualitative Methods
International Social Change and Social Problems
International Social Change: Analysing Policy Responses
Introduction to Social Statistics
Methods for International Social and Policy Analysis

Optional modules

International Childhoods – Rights, Policies and Practices
Children, Families and Welfare States
Advanced Quantitative Methods in Comparative Research
Globalisation and New Labour Market Risks
Global Ageing: Demography and Policy
Migration and Mobility: International Policy Perspectives
Dissertation in International Social Change and Policy
Dissertation (with Internship)


Laboratory classes
Small-group work
Problem-solving exercises


Oral presentations
Portfolio work

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States