Our Social Policy Degree
What is Social Policy?
Social policy combines theory from multiple disciplines including politics, sociology, geography, criminology and economics to understand how societies respond to different challenges and societal needs. Key areas of social policy are welfare, pensions, workers’ rights, education, health and healthcare, security, poverty, unemployment, social housing, urban development, criminal justice, social care and child protection. Social policy also seeks to reduce inequalities across all of these areas and seeks to criticise, change and implement policies to create a fairer society.
Take this year, for example. Social policy has never been so important to protect the wellbeing of citizens and reduce the social impact of the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a unique time of social struggle. This year we will see expounded poverty levels as the economic impact of the crisis takes root. Our already overstretched NHS is being pushed to the limit caring for COVID-19 patients and providing continuing care to patients with existing conditions. Care home and hospices are in crisis as charitable funding is cut and staff shortages increase due to COVID-19. We are likely on the cusp of a mental health crisis, as people struggle to cope with isolation and key workers face burnout. We will experience the impact of this pandemic in our society for years to come. Undoubtedly, it will be those already vulnerable in society that suffer most from the impact of COVID-19 even as some of the systems adapt to provide some kind of security.
On this course, you will develop an awareness and understanding of key social issues and develop the skills and tools to develop effective policy in order to address them.
Missed our open days? Don't worry - if you apply to Salford, you'll be invited to an Applicant Visit Day. This may still be virtual, but it will aim to give you a feel of the campus, your chosen course and any facilities linked to it. Apply now via UCAS. You can also find more information about life at Salford at the bottom of this page.
Excellent Student Satisfaction Scores
In the most recent National Student Survey, 96% of students asked agreed that the course provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).
We have excellent links with industry, from local government to social care providers, which you will benefit from via placements, guest speaker slots, field trips and other learning opportunities.
A supportive community
Each year, we take in a small cohort of social policy students, meaning you will benefit from small group teaching in a supportive setting. Our cohorts are close-knit, and our students often say that the sense of community and support are the best things about Salford.
"You’re not alone on this journey, the lecturers are possibly the most passionate and caring people I have met. I would honestly say that the only reason I managed to get a First-Class Honours degree was because every time I needed support, reassurance or just a one to one sit down they were there for me." - Mike McKeown, Graduate.
Tailor your course to your interests
In your second and third years, you will be able to tailor your course to ensure you are studying the areas of social policy that interest you the most. You will be able to do this through optional modules, placements and independent research projects.
Guardian University Guide ranking
We are extremely proud that our course is ranked in the Guardian University Guide top 20 for Social Policy (2021).
A degree in social policy opens up an impressive array of career opportunities. From social worker to housing officer, find out where a degree in social policy has taken our graduates.
Explore Life In Salford
From becoming an undergraduate student to on-campus accommodation, we've got you covered. Take a look at the information below to get a feel for all things Salford life.
Campus Life. Big City Buzz.
Study at Salford really is the best of both worlds. Our Peel Park campus is set in 46 square kilometres of lush, green space to enjoy. But we're also just over a mile away from the big city buzz of central Manchester - voted the UK's most liveable city two years running.
Famous for music, culture, sport, art and science, the cities of Manchester and Salford offers an unrivalled student experience where you can balance your studies with world-class culture, exciting events and legendary nightlife.
We know university life isn’t all about studying – sometimes you have to have fun, too – and there are plenty of things to do outside of academia across our campuses.
From joining a club or society, to taking part in a gym class, to meeting up with friends for lunch in Atmosphere bar and café: when you're not working on your next assignment or research project, you can be enjoying the perks of being on campus at the University of Salford.
Living in student accommodation is a great way to get settled into university life and meet new people. We've got some great accommodation options to choose from, including Peel Park Quarter - recently voted one of the best halls of residence in the UK.
Becoming an undergraduate student
Choosing a university is one of the biggest decisions you'll make - and we want to help you make the right one.
You can apply now via UCAS for September 2021. If you are ready to apply, you can find the course on UCAS here:
Alternatively, if you have any further questions, our friendly team will be happy to answer them for you. You can contact us through email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.
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