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Postgraduate MA

International Social Policy

The programme takes a critical approach to the study of International Social Policy to provide an advanced understanding of current debates, theories and concepts in a vibrant area of study and research. Drawing on world leading research expertise, you learn to analyse how national and global forces interact to shape the trajectories of welfare system development.

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Overview

The programme involves critical discussions of how welfare states meet human needs and delve into the enormous challenges posed by social changes. You explore key fields of policy including health, migration, social care and labour market related policy. Methodological training is central to the programme, covering critical thinking and applied qualitative and quantitative technical skills.

Reasons to study an International Social Policy degree at Kent

  • Social Policy at Kent was ranked 2nd in The Times Good University Guide 2022
  • Core modules provide inter-disciplinary insights into fundamental aspects of comparative and international social policy research, and in-depth training in appropriate methodologies
  • Optional (elective) modules focus in detail on specialised topics relating to social policy and allied fields of study
  • A diverse and international community allowing for the development of genuinely global and comparative perspectives
  • Social Work and Social Policy was ranked 3rd in the UK for Research in the Times Higher Education following the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
  • Academic Adviser and in-house student support team available
  • Thriving cosmopolitan student community in and around the city of Canterbury
  • First-class facilities at our Canterbury campus, close to London
  • Graduate at the historic Canterbury Cathedral

About the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR)

SSPSSR has a long and distinguished history, and is one of the largest and most successful social science research communities in Europe. 

Academic staff specialise in research of international, comparative and theoretical significance, and we have collective strengths in the following areas: civil society, NGOs and the third sector; cross-national and European social policy; health, social care and health studies; work, employment and economic life; risk, ‘risk society’ and risk management; race, ethnicity and religion; social and public policy; sociology and the body; crime, culture and control; sociological theory and the culture of modernity.

Your future

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we place considerable emphasis on you gaining specialist knowledge in your chosen subject alongside core transferable skills.

We ensure that you develop the skills and competences that employers are looking for including: research and analysis; policy development and interpretation; independent thought; writing and presentation, as well as time management and leadership skills.

You also become fully involved in the professional research culture of the School. A postgraduate degree in the area of social and public policy is a particularly flexible and valuable qualification that can lead to many exciting opportunities and professions.

SSPSSR consistently ranks highly for student satisfaction and teaching quality, ranking 2nd in the UK for our Social Policy students' graduate prospects (The Complete University Guide 2017).

Recent graduates have pursued careers in academia, journalism, local and central government, charities and NGOs in roles which utilise their wide range of skills and are often found in managerial positions.

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Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

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Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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Kent ranked top 50 in The Complete University Guide 2024.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

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