MSc International Social Change and Policy

Department of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

You aim to understand the human world, where you fit into it and how you can help other people. As one of the UK’s top ten research departments in our field, we can help you to achieve your goals.

My best experience has been completing my dissertation. As a dual honours student at undergraduate level, I didn’t write one so it’s been fantastic to really focus on an area that I’m particularly interested in and complete my own research project under the guidance of a leading researcher in the field.

Laura Towers, MA Sociology

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

This innovative course will develop your awareness of the most pressing challenges posed by social change. It will enable you to critically examine dominant policy responses to key aspects of social change at national, cross-national comparative and global levels, and make you aware of agendas on policy alternatives and futures.

Sociological Studies postgraduate studentCourse content

The course team is composed of social policy, sociology and social work academics, leading to a deeper understanding of the causes of, and solutions to, global and international social problems.

Throughout the course, there is a strong emphasis on developing the practical skills required by social policy analysts working internationally.

Teaching and assessment

Assessment can vary across modules between a combination of essays, oral presentations, posters and portfolio work. You are assessed in a variety of ways in order to test a range of knowledge, skills and capabilities through modes of assessment appropriate to the specific subject.

There is also a dissertation, which provides the opportunity to focus in-depth on a topic of individual choice.

You can choose to do a standard dissertation or a dissertation linked to an internship.

Course duration

Subject to approval - please check with the department.


Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant or social science discipline, such as sociology, social policy, politics, international relations, or development studies.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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E: socstudies.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 6402

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.