Social Sciences

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:36 months
Local:$ 9k / 1 Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 12.5k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2022
StudyQA ranking:317

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Social Policy looks at the ways in which we as a society promote the welfare of individuals and families. You study central issues such as poverty, health, crime, education, homelessness and child protection. This includes looking at both the nature of social problems and also at the policies directed towards them by government, and at the role of voluntary and private welfare. Studying social policy, you develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in your future career.

Within the Politics element of your degree, you will be taught by people who have advised government departments or have conducted international conflict mediation exercises. They bring this experience to their teaching, giving you the opportunity to see how theoretical ideas apply in the real world. You can also take part in the weekly extracurricular Open Forum, where students and staff discuss and debate key issues that affect higher education and politics in the world today.

Kent's School of Politics and International Relations has a cosmopolitan community and excellent links with prestigious institutions in Europe and beyond. Our academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research on a wide variety of political issues such as ethno-political conflict, human rights, social theories of justice, voting behaviour and electoral reform.

Independent rankings

In the National Student Survey 2013 Social Policy was ranked 4th in the UK for student satisfaction; 95% of Sociology students were satisfied with the quality of their course.
In The Complete University Guide 2014, Sociology research was rated 2nd in the UK; and, Social Policy and Administration was ranked 3rd for graduate employment prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2014.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Credits 360
Duration full-time 36 months Partnership Joint Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

PO326 - Introduction to Political Science

PO327 - Introduction to Comparative Politics

SA300 - Social Problems and Social Policy I: Youth,The family and the State

SA301 - Social Problems and Social Policy II: The Market, The Family and the St

SO336 - Sociology of Everyday Life

SO337 - Fundamentals of Sociology

You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

SO601 - Welfare in Modern Britain

PO657 - Political Research and Analysis

PO661 - Comparative Politics: Dictatorship and Democracy

Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

SA503 - A Future for the Welfare State? Social Change, Challenge and Crisis

SA519 - The Social Politics of Food

SA525 - Education,Training and Social Policy

SA531 - The Care and Protection of Children and Families

SO602 - Social Research Methods

SO603 - Health and Health Policy

SO645 - The Third Sector: Charities and Social Enterprises in Modern Societies

SO668 - The Sociology of Work

SO670 - Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering, Platinum Award

SO678 - Caring for Vulnerable Adults: Understanding Social Care

SO679 - Research Dissertation

SO702 - Sociology and Social Politics of the Family

SO712 - Urban Sociology

SO509 - Health, Illness and Medicine

SO525 - Environmental Politics

SO532 - Mental Health

SO538 - Childhood, Society and Children's Rights

SO539 - Environmental Policy and Practice

SO575 - Poverty, Inequality and Social Security

SO595 - Reproductive Health Policy in Britain

PO658 - The Rise of China

PO659 - Resistance, Suffering and Leadership

PO660 - International Conflict and Cooperation

PO662 - The International Politics of Global Climate Change

PO664 - Conflict Analysis and Northern Ireland: History, Politics & Culture

PO665 - Advanced Topics in Politics and International Relation

PO666 - Religion and International Politics

PO667 - War and Peace in International Society

PO668 - International Political Economy

PO669 - Conservatism: Politics and International Relations of the Right

PO671 - International Security

PO672 - Advanced Analysis of British Politics

PO555 - International Organisation: The UN System

PO557 - Japan in the World

PO558 - The Contemporary Politics of Japan

PO559 - Ethics in International Relations

PO563 - Foreign Policy Analysis and Management

PO566 - Europe and the World

PO579 - Post Communist Russia

PO590 - Specialist Dissertation (2 units)

PO592 - Rights, Freedoms and Individualism:Contemporary Liberalism in Question

PO593 - Engendering Politics:Feminist Contributions to Political Theory

PO597 - Governance & Politics of Contemporary China

PO599 - European Security Co-operation since 1945

PO607 - Comparative European Politics

PO611 - Politics of the European Union

PO612 - Policy-making in the EU

PO616 - The Politics of Trust (in the USA)

PO617 - Contemporary Politics and Government in the United States

PO618 - East European Politics

PO623 - Modern Political Thought

PO629 - Terrorism and Political Violence

PO630 - Politics of The Middle East

PO634 - Understanding US Foreign Policy: War, Trans- formation and Terror

PO636 - Conflict and Security in Africa

PO638 - Political Behaviour in Britain

PO639 - Humanitarian Communication

PO645 - Market States and Post Democracy

PO646 - Presidents, Parliaments and Democracy

PO652 - Politics in the Classroom

PO653 - Marxism

PO654 - Politics of Deeply Divided Societies

PO656 - Humans at War

You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification /Typical offer/minimum requirement

  • A level


  • Access to HE Diploma

The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.

  • International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 16 at HL

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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