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Master's degrees in Social and Policy Sciences

Find out more about our courses and explore why Bath is a great place to study your Master’s degree.

Which course is right for me?

View our courses to find out which one might be right for you.


MSc International Development

If you are a recent graduate aiming to make a difference in the world, or a professional wishing to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking around global challenges of poverty, inequality, conflict, sustainability and social justice, this course could be for you.

MSc Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development

A part-time, distance learning course that focusses on core global challenges of conflict and humanitarian crisis, with a practical focus on the tools and approaches that can respond to these challenges.

MSc Public Policy

A part-time, distance learning course designed with working professionals in mind. On this course you will study how public policy is made, what shapes it and how you can make a difference in diverse contexts.

Why study with Bath?


Highly ranked in independent league tables, we are known for excellence in teaching and research, a superb student experience, and providing outstanding preparation for the workplace.

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Join a vibrant department


The Department of Social & Policy Sciences is one of the UK's leading centres for social sciences. On joining the department, you will be able to benefit from the research taking place within a number research groups and centres, including the Centre for Development Studies and the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy.

We focus on the issues that matter now. For example, academics from the department have been working on projects relating to the impact of Covid-19 in developing countries.

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Talk to us live


We love talking to students who might be interested in one of our master's courses. That's why we hold several events throughout the year giving you the chance to ask your questions via our virtual online platform.

Both academics and our student ambassadors will be available to answer your questions on anything from studying from distance, to the course structure. Why not join us for our next event?

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Get in touch

If you have any questions about our courses, you can contact our admissions team.