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MA Social Policy careers

MA Social Policy careers

How can we take real steps towards meeting the global need for healthcare, housing, and education? The study of social policy is one answer that can get us closer to said goal.

For aspiring specialists, the sheer scope of the subject means that it holds relevance across public, private, and third sector organisations. This means that you can find work relating to social research, policy making, and welfare provision in a wide range of areas – both locally and internationally.

From sustainability to crime prevention to childcare, there’s plenty of potential for you to establish a career in a field you feel passionately about.

Of course, your MA in Social Policy will equip you with the tools needed to accomplish this. In addition to developing analytical and research skills, you can also look forward to nurturing lifetime learning abilities to continue evolving alongside your career.

Types of roles

There’s a long list of opportunities that could open to you following the completion of your studies. While it’s impossible to cover all of them, some of the positions you could explore include:

Transferable skills

Along with gaining subject-specific expertise, your postgraduate course will help you foster a range of core transferrable skills that are sought after by employers across all industries and sectors.

  • Independent learning and research

  • Written and verbal communication

  • Presentation skills

  • Collaboration and teamworking

  • Sensitivity to the needs of others

Want to explore your options?

UCLan Career Services

All our students have full use of the UCLan Careers Service and, if you’re ever in the area, you can also book an appointment to visit the Preston Campus Careers Service in person.

Through the UCLan Careers Service, you can access:

  • E-guidance

  • Telephone appointments

  • Online information resources

  • Online interview practice

  • Job vacancy portal

  • Online career courses

  • Online CV builder

  • Blackboard career resources

  • Psychometric testing

  • Alumni connect

  • Careers blog and webinars

  • Campus events and careers fairs

UCLan Propeller

The Propeller Student Enterprise is our way of helping you further the skills and knowledge needed to be enterprising – whether you’re working for yourself or as part of an organisation.

The service is open to both students and alumni. It includes:

  • Workshops

  • Mentor support

  • Online content

  • The University’s incubation space Flightpath, our online freelancing platform

These resources are a great way to further develop your business sense and transferable skills as you plan your next career move.

We also offer students and recent graduates (for up to 3 years) 1:1 guidance from business experts, along with funding through our Propeller Enterprise Award.

Thinking ahead: questions to ask before starting your course 

To make the most of your degree, it’s helpful to start your studies with a good idea of at you’d like to gain from them.

While you don’t need to know the answers to all these questions, they may prompt you to think more about your aims for the course, and how you can achieve them.

  • What are your long-term career objectives, and how can this degree help with them? 

  • Is there a particular sector or field you’d prefer to work in? 

  • Do you plan on moving to a different country or region to take on such roles? 

  • How will your studies build upon your strengths and work on your weaknesses? 

  • What benefits can your current educational or career experience bring to your learning? 

Remember, you can also get in touch with our Course Advisers for more information about the programme and the career opportunities it can provide. You can fill out the form at the bottom of this page, email them via, or call +44 (0)1772 925 931

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