Social Policy and Law

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


Year 1:
You will take Social Policy and Society, which debates needs, rights and responsibilities, with a focus on the needs and rights of children and the responsibilities of parents. You will study Politics of the Welfare State, which examines social policy as a political issue, especially health, employment and criminal justice.

You can also choose optional courses from other academic areas. You will also take a non-credit course Fundamentals of Social Policy which provides key learning skills.

Year 2:
You will take European Social Policy, which compares different approaches to social policy in various European countries. You will also take Social and Policy Enquiry, a course to equip you with analytical skills for later years, as well as further Fundamentals classes.

You will also study other core courses appropriate to your degree programme and will select an optional subject.

Year 3:
You can study optional courses that cover areas such as children’s rights, employment policies, family policy, criminal justice and health policy. You will also take at least one course on research methods.

Year 4:
You will continue to take social policy courses and will complete an individual research project. This will involve collecting data and information from sources such as the Scottish Government, local authorities and voluntary organisations.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AAAB (first sitting) or 4 Highers at AAAA (two sittings) including English.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (by end of S6) including English. Highers at BBB must be achieved in one sitting S4-S6.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Social and Political Science

SCQF Level



Career Area


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