Health & Social Policy (Dumfries Campus)


Health and social issues are at the forefront of policy and public concern today. This programme will help you to understand the diverse nature of these issues and the way in which policies aimed at addressing them are formed and implemented.

You’ll be given the opportunity to complete a valuable work placement and will benefit from our excellent links with local employers.

Programme structure

Year 1

You will take three core courses introducing you to the study of health and social issues, associated policies and related research. These courses establish key concepts around the varied determinants of health and welfare, and cover a range of topics within social theory (for example, identity, gender, globalisation and moral panics). These courses are complemented by two generic courses that place specific health and social material in a wider context.

Year 2

You will focus on more applied and practical considerations, taking four core courses: 

  • Health policy and practice
  • Social policy and practice
  • Public sector systems management 
  • Research methods for social science. 

You can also choose to study subjects such as human nature and wellbeing in more depth. 

Year 3

You will start to specialise more, studying health and social policy in a contemporary context, and media, health and lifestyle. You can also choose either a work placement or a dissertation on a topic of your own interest.

At each level you can also choose from a range of elective courses across other disciplines. This gives you the opportunity to add breadth to your degree.

Year 4

Successful completion of years 1, 2 and 3 offers the opportunity to progress to the Honours programme and become involved in the Enquiry Project in Health & Social Policy. This is a full-year practice-based research project that involves the planning and execution of a significant piece of field research. 

Our international links

You can apply to study abroad in year 2 or 3. We have excellent links with some of the world’s top universities. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016


  • Standard academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: CCC.
  • Other mandatory requirements: None.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: BBBB/ABB by the end of S6.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: None.
  • Other mandatory requirements: None.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 30 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 28 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: None.

HNC Social Studies or Social Care

  • A pass with an A in the graded unit is required to be considered for direct entry to year 2. Success at interview and attendance at a short summer course is also required. A pass with a B in the graded unit allows entry to year 1.

We encourage applicants whose qualifications may fall short of the above requirements to apply for our Dumfries Campus Summer School. Successful completion of this Summer School can allow entry to year 1.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

The placement in third year provides you with experience of workplace structures and demands, and will enhance your employability. The programme integrates academic theory with the reality of practice in the health and social field, and develops your critical thinking, reflective and problem-solving abilities. Recent graduates have taken up employment within the NHS, the voluntary sector and in management trainee schemes. Others have gone on to postgraduate training in teaching and social work.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


  • KIS
    Health & Social Studies: LL34

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.