Our Social Policy Degree

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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.

Explore Social Policy at Salford

Excellent Student Satisfaction Scores

In the most recent National Student Survey, the course received an excellent overall student satisfaction rate of 93% (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2021 data).

Industry-focused learning

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 16th in Guardian University Guide Social Policy rankings (2021).



Graduate Stories

Social Policy Opens Doors

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. 

Salford Stories: Claire Carey - BSc (Hons) Social Policy

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Next Steps

You can apply now via UCAS for September 2022. If you are ready to apply, you can find the course on UCAS here:

Social Policy

Alternatively, if you have any further questions, our friendly team will be happy to answer them for you. You can contact us through email enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

To find out more detailed information about this course, click here to go to the course page.

To visit us, see our campus and chat to our students and lecturers, book your place on our upcoming open day on Saturday 8 January.