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MA Social and Public Policy

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able:

- an in-depth understanding of issues, concepts, events and analyses informed by knowledge across or in aspects of Social and Public Policy;
- exhibit competence in the exercise of generic and specific intellectual abilities relevant to Social and Public Policy;
- demonstrate an advanced understanding of issues, approaches and techniques related to research or advanced scholarship in Social and Public Policy;
- take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
- critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the field of Social and Public Policy
- the ability, demonstrated through the production of a dissertation, to proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these, and to critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the field of Social and Public Policy.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (Taught) students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in areas of professional practice, or to transfer from other fields into those more closely related to Social Policy and allied areas;
- evaluate their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex investigatory settings;
independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development.
- critically to engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms relevant to a career in Social and Public Policy.


Achievement for the Masters (Taught) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:

- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to areas within Social and Public Policy;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- making theoretically and evidence informed judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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