University of Kent: MA International Social Policy



This programme, led by Jeremy Kendal, will give you a clear and confident understanding of welfare state policies in developed and developing countries. 

The programme equips students with:

  • Advanced understanding of current debates, theories and concepts relevant to international social policy
  • Country-specific as well as cross-national empirical and theoretical knowledge of current challenges and processes of transformation of welfare systems.
  • An understanding of, and capacity to think critically about, the key policy contributions of, and roles fulfilled by, the State, the market, and civil society as a significant policy actors in welfare and broader public service system functioning and development  
  • Skills in research design and data collection in areas relevant to, or forming part of, social policy.
  • Familiarity with using the primary and secondary data needed to develop research in international social policy 

Entry Requirements

A 2.1 or higher university degree (GPA equivalent 3.25) in a social science discipline. Applicants must have an excellent command of English.

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to produce evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English. We require a minimum score in one of the following:

  • 6.5 in International English Language Test (IELTS)
  • 600 in paper-based or 250 computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • ‘B’ in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • ‘A’ in the Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English


Further Details:

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