The University of Nottingham
International Social Policy MA
The University of Nottingham

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

As our world becomes increasingly connected, the challenges people face globally come to the forefront. International social policy is about understanding the world, but also changing it. How can we create a more inclusive society? What are the causes and consequences of poverty? Is the distribution of wealth socially just? What are the social consequences of global crises (such as pandemics) and how can they be addressed by social policy?

On this course, you'll explore topics like discrimination in a multicultural world, social policies in less developed countries, and international migration, compare welfare policies from around the globe, and the role of international agendas and organisations in international and national social policy.

You'll be able to critically evaluate policies and understand their socio-economic and political consequences, and use your knowledge to advise how these outcomes can be improved to ensure a more equal society.

You will be taught by experts who are influencing policy and procedures such as:

  • social security in the UK and the EU

  • family policies and gender issues

  • migration and refugees

We also have internship and placement opportunities available with local and international NGOs and public sector organisations.

This course will set you up for a career in international development, local and national governments, social services or journalism.

Modules are typically assessed through essays or reports, usually on a topic of your choice.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

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2:1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline or 2:2 (or international equivalent) in any discipline plus one year of working experience in national or local governments, public sector or third/voluntary sector organisations; IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Nottingham is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a government funded research university based in Nottingham, England. Their aim is to become global leaders in education and research, cultivating a culture of curiosity and ambition. The university’s main campus is located approximately half an hour’s bus ride away from Nottingham city centre, which gives students the peace and quiet they need to study while not removing them completely from metropolitan comforts.

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Where is this programme taught

University Park Campus
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