UCAS code: 4T6H
Duration: 4 years
School: Social and Political Science
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
On this programme, you will study society and how this changes through political debate and policy making. Social policy appeals to students who are interested in current political and social issues - such as how to organise and pay for health care, reduce inequalities, or accommodate a more diverse and individualised society. These issues are explored in a Scottish, a UK-wide, a European, and an international context. This programme is genuinely multidisciplinary and draws on a variety of perspectives, e.g. sociological, political, economic, historical and legal perspectives.
One quarter of your study time will be devoted to quantitative methods. You will learn how to research social policy issues by using data in a practical setting. You will develop your skills in social policy and statistics. Quantitative skills underpin effective evidence-based planning in government, in the private sector and in international non-governmental organisations, so your combined skills set will be in demand.
This programme offers you the opportunity to take an internship, allowing you gain practical experience and further strengthen your skills. Our placement hosts include prestigious institutions such as the Scottish Government, Museums Scotland and private sector employers.
This programme receives support and funding from the UK-wide Q-Step initiative, allowing you to benefit from small class sizes and develop your skills in close proximity to experts. There is also plenty of support available to help those less confident with maths.
You will take Social Policy & Society, which debates needs, rights and responsibilities, with a focus on the needs and rights of children and the responsibilities of parents. You will study Politics of the Welfare State, which examines social policy as a political issue in the UK, especially in the fields of health, employment and education. You can also choose option courses from other academic areas. You will also take the course Fundamentals of Social Policy, which provides the key subject-specific learning skills you’ll use in your further years of study.
In addition to the Social Policy compulsory courses (see above), you will take Mathematics for Social Science and Introduction to Statistics for Social Science
You will take European Social Policy, which compares different approaches to social policy in various European countries. You will also take Evidence, Policy & Politics as well as further Fundamentals courses, which will equip you with analytical skills needed to engage with controversial policy issues in public debate.
In addition to the Social Policy compulsory courses, you will take Doing Social Research with Statistics. You will also select three option subjects.
You can study option courses that cover areas such as children's rights, labour market policies, family policy, social inequalities, criminal justice and health policy.
In addition to the Social Policy compulsory courses, you will take Statistical Modelling for Social Scientists. You may also select from a range of advanced methods options. You may study abroad and/or take a placement in Year 3.
You will write a dissertation and can select option courses to deepen your knowledge of quantitative methods.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Most of the teaching takes place in the University's Central Area. You will also have access to the University's computer facilities and libraries.
You will be eligible to apply for a placement with a range of host institutions. Placements are designed to allow you to apply your data skills in a real world setting.
Work placements are offered during the summer of Year 3.
Our Careers Service can offer advice and support on your application to the host institution.
You may apply to spend Year 3 abroad in one of several universities in North America, Central and South America, Australia and Asia with whom the University has special links. In addition, we have European Erasmus exchange schemes with Leuphana University Lüneburg and Jacobs University Bremen (Germany). You can also apply to university-wide Erasmus exchanges in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland) and Lund (Sweden).
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials/seminars and individual supervision.
You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework, and through a Year 4 research project.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
A good understanding of quantitative methods is highly valued by employers and covers a variety of skills that allow you to handle data and use numerical evidence systematically.
There is currently a deficit of graduates with advanced quantitative skills in the UK, so graduates with broad numerical skills are highly prized by employers.
This programme equips you with the skills employers need, opening doors to a wide range of exciting and well remunerated careers.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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