Studying Social Policy at Salford

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So you’ve applied to study Social Policy, we've made you an offer, but you’re still deciding or have further questions? 
We want to make sure you have all the information you need as you get ready to study at Salford. We hope the information below helps you in your decision making. If you have any further questions, simply get in touch with us here.

Why should you study Social Policy at the University of Salford?


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agreed that the course provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).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.


We are extremely proud that our course is ranked in the Guardian University Guide top 20 for Social Policy (2021).


We take in a small cohort of social policy students, meaning you will benefit from small group teaching in a supportive setting. Our students often say that the sense of community and support are the best things about Salford.


You'll be taught by research-active staff who ensure that module content aligns with current social science happenings, controversies and debates.



Our graduates say:

"My biggest piece of advice would be to make use of the lecturers. The social policy lecturers are an amazing source of support, and that support can be if you’re struggling with academic work, or even if you’re struggling with personal problems. I often wonder what my university experience would have been like if I didn’t have the support of a few key people. Reading and learning outside of the classroom is also invaluable for a successful academic life - do a bit of reading, listen to the news, watch documentaries about real-life issues. All of this will help you in the course."

Graduate Stories

Benefits for Graduate


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. 

BSc (Hons) Social Policy

Did you know?

In your second and third years, you will be able to tailor your course through modules, placements and research to ensure you are studying the areas of social policy that interest you the most.



Find out more about accommodation, finance, and wellbeing and support on our Offer Holder Hub.