Health & Social Policy (Dumfries Campus) MA(D)
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.
Our School of Interdisciplinary Studies is based in Dumfries, where you can join a friendly student community in the beautiful south-west of Scotland. Undergraduate subjects you can study on this campus are:
- Environmental Science & Sustainability
- Health & Social Policy
- Primary Education with Teaching Qualification
We also have a range of Postgraduate courses covering tourism, environment and education.
Your classes will be taught in the traditional red sandstone buildings of the Crichton Estate, set in stunning parkland. We place great importance on practical study.
Our facilities include an outdoor teaching garden, PGT Hub, computer labs, environment lab and a gym. You’ll have access to both the Crichton Library and our extensive library in Glasgow, including a wealth of online resources and dedicated subject librarians.
We have three self-catering halls of residence in Dumfries and the cost of living is very reasonable. Students can also access the on-site restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa, Neuros, at a great student membership rate.
Practical, hands-on learning
All students in Dumfries have the opportunity to undertake work experience placements. Many courses include extensive fieldwork and site visits, making the most of the abundant resources on our doorstep and our excellent network of partner organisations. We have extensive study abroad links and you could also pursue international work experience.
In Dumfries we specialise in interdisciplinary learning. Because we are a relatively small campus you’ll get to know your lecturers personally and be able to get your ideas across, build your confidence and advance your critical thinking. We teach you how your subjects relate to each other and to the wider world. All students can use our virtual learning environment, sharing course content and collaborating with staff and classmates online.
About the town
Located approximately 90 minutes south of Glasgow and less than an hour from Carlisle, Dumfries is set in magnificent countryside with all the charm and vibrancy of a small university town. It’s a friendly place where you’ll settle in quickly, becoming part of the University and the local community. There is an active Students’ Association and popular activities include rowing, mountain biking, football and running. Alternatively, if you’re looking for culture, you’ll find an impressive arts and live music scene. The region is steeped in literary history and hosts an impressive range of festivals and sporting events.
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 elective courses that place specific health and social material in a wider context.
You will focus on more applied and practical considerations, taking three core courses:
- Health Policy and Practice/Social Policy and Practice
- Human Nature and Wellbeing
- Research Methods for Social Science
You will start to specialise more, studying health and social policy in a contemporary context, global challenges at the end of life, and public sector systems management. You will 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.
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.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.
Our international links
You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus+ Programme and the International Exchange Programme. See Study abroad.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018
About entry requirements
The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements, and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements in first sitting (by end of S5).
We adjust the standard academic and non-academic entry requirements at both S5 and S6 for eligible applicants who complete one of our pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode, are currently living or have spent time living in care. For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes, please see: Access Glasgow.
The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades that must be achieved, by the end of S5, for an offer to be considered. For some degree programmes, offers (either conditional or unconditional) may be made below the standard academic entry requirements. Where a conditional offer is made, the S5 & S6 cumulative requirements detail the grades that would be necessary by the end of S6. Students must also meet any subject and non-academic requirements stated.
The University of Glasgow will accept Highers and/or Advanced Highers toward academic entry requirements. Where Advanced Highers are required this is stated.
For our full SQA Higher Admissions Policy please see: Entry requirements: Scottish Highers
A-levels and International Baccalaureate
The standard academic entry requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
The minimum academic entry requirements indicate the minimum grades the university will accept for entry to this programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
For more information on our A-level admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: A-levels
For more information on our IB admissions requirements please see: Entry requirements: IB
- 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.
- 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.
Associate Student Scheme
An Associate Student Scheme is available to students from Scotland’s colleges considering this degree programme. Membership is free during your HNC year and helps college students to make a smooth transition to university-level study.
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
Glasgow International College
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.
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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* 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.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
The placement in third year and the fourth year Honours enquiry project provide 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, local government, the voluntary sector and in management trainee schemes. Others have gone on to postgraduate training in teaching and social work.
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
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 in recent years.
RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annumore information
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2018
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).more information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
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 www.ucas.com 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.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- 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
- 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.
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.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.