Master of Science by Coursework in Comparative Social Policy

Every candidate must follow, for at least three terms, a course of instruction in Comparative Social Policy.

The examination will be in four parts.

  • A. One compulsory paper in Methods of Social Research. As specified for the M.Phil. in Comparative Social Policy.

  • B. The core paper in Comparative Social Policy and Social Policy Analysis. As specified for the M.Phil. in Comparative Social Policy.

  • C. One optional paper. This will be from the list of optional papers as specified for the M.Phil. in Comparative Social Policy. In exceptional circumstances and with the special permission of the Course Director, the optional paper may be from subjects outside this list.

  • D. A thesis of not more than 10,000 words on a topic within the subject of the course, to be specified jointly by supervisor and student. The thesis should employ comparative method in the study of a social policy topic. This word count applies to the text, but does not include graphs, tables and charts in the main text, or bibliography. An additional word limit of 2,000 words in total applies to the abstract, footnotes, endnotes and technical appendices (including graphs, tables and charts). Candidates are required to submit an electronic copy of the thesis to the WebLearn site by noon of the weekday on or nearest to 15 August of the year in which the examination is to be taken. The electronic copy must be anonymous. Successful candidates may be required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Social Science Library.

The examiners may examine any candidate viva voce.

The examiners may award a Distinction for excellence in the whole examination on the basis of the material submitted to them.