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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 1월 2016


    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

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    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.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.


    Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2013 financial support package includes a fee waiver and cash bursary, as well as additional funds on your Kent account to help with accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Find out more on our fees and funding page.

    General scholarships

    Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

    The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

    At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.

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