Social Policy at Salford

Students protesting

Social Policy has never been more important. If you want to study a degree that can help you to make a difference to people's lives, then Social Policy could be the perfect course for you. 

Course details

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.

Why is Social Policy currently more important than ever?

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.

When does this course start and how long does it take?

The next start date for this course is September 2021. This is a standard three-year degree if you study full-time. A part-time option is available which will take six years.


Where is the University of Salford?

Studying at Salford really is the best of both worlds. Our Peel Park campus is set in 46 square kilometers 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 for two years running.

Famous for music, culture, sport, art and science, the cities of Manchester and Salford offer an unrivalled student experience where you can balance your studies with world-class culture, exciting events and legendary nightlife.

If you're commuting, we have a train station that has direct links to and from Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria, as well as Blackpool, Bolton, Buxton, Blackburn, Southport, Preston, Lancaster, and Barrow-in-Furness. If you're looking to stay on campus, we're very proud to say that our Peel Park Quarter accommodation was recently voted the 2nd best student accommodation in the country by Student Hut. 


What are the entry requirements?

You must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C/grade 4 or above. You must also have A-Levels, BTEC or other equivalent qualifications that equate to 96 UCAS points. 




For full-time home students, the fee is £9,250. You can find out more information about paying for your degree with a student loan here

Why Social Policy at Salford?


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


In the recent National Student Survey, 96% of students agreed that the course provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS data 2020).


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 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.


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.


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

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. 

Next Steps

You can apply now via UCAS for September 2021. 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 or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

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