MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) degree

Entry requirements
2:1 +
Full-time
1 year
Part-time
2 years
Start date
September 2020
UK / EU fee
£9,300
International fee
£19,100
Location
Loughborough
Application status
Open

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

Overview

Our MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme provides you with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that currently shape social sciences. It also provides an opportunity to develop specialised research methods skills in an internationally renowned department for social policy research.

The programme consists of compulsory and optional modules, delivered across four different academic schools within the University, meaning you benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to your studies. The academic schools are:

  • School of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Science

The modules are taught by leading researchers selected for their expertise in the taught research methods and topics.

We are host to the prestigious Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), which over the past 30 years has developed an international reputation for high quality applied policy research. Most prominently, CRSP is currently involved in the study of the Minimum Income Standard programme.

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is also home to the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC). Established in 1991, the centre has since grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the UK. The CRCC’s core topics themes include:

  • Culture, Economy, and Policy
  • Language and Social Interaction
  • Media, Memory, and History
  • Nations, Migrants, and Citizenship
  • Political Communication
  • Social, Political, and Cultural Theory

On completion of the Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme, you will have met the MSc training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.

Who should study this programme?

  • those wishing to pursue a career in academia
  • social policy practitioners, who wish to both develop and strengthen their applied research skills
  • those wishing to conduct research in non-academic public and private sector roles.

Why you should choose us

Why you should study this degree

What makes this programme different?

  • our social policy courses are consistently ranked in the top 15 by national league tables
  • our master's in full compliance with the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) requirements for an MSc in Social Science Research, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.

What you'll study

Our MSc Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme is designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high-level researchers in their chosen field of study.

The following information is intended as an example only and is based on module information for the 2019/20 year of entry. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes. Updated Programme and Module Specifications are made available ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.

Compulsory modules

Philosophy of Social Science (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to the different ontological and epistemological ways in which social science research is framed. This will then be applied by analysing pertinent theoretical approaches for their ontological and epistemological nature which are located in the critical traditions of thought. Their role in research design will be considered, especially with a view to the different sources of knowledge that are available and appropriate.

Module content

During the first weeks of teaching, the fault lines of thinking in the social sciences will be investigated. After this, you will explore a more abstract and general historical overview of the evolution from modernity/positivism to post-modernity/post-positivism. The module will then highlight different epistemologies based on examples of specific theoretical approaches, such as those found within critical theory, gender theories and poststructuralism amongst others. It will be shown how theoretical frameworks and concepts rely on a particular philosophical reading of the world and how these lead to distinctive research choices. The final weeks of the module will be spent on thinking through sources, design and ethics.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • understand major ontological and epistemological issues
  • identify key analytical perspectives, within the social sciences more broadly
  • evaluate a range of research sources, including (where applicable) their styles of argument and uses of evidence
  • deploy and critically evaluate a range of ideas relating to the analysis and design of social sciences research
  • evaluate the effectiveness of different conceptual approaches to research in the social sciences disciplines
  • synthesise and analyse relevant information and show critical judgement in relation to epistemological challenges of research design
  • construct reasoned argument.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 3 hours
  • lectures: 10 hours
  • practical classes and workshops: 10 hours
  • guided independent study: 177 hours

Assessment

  • 2,000-word critical assessment: 50%
  • 2,000-word exposé: 50%

Quantitative research methods (20 credits)

This module will give you:

  1. advanced skills to undertake quantitative research in social sciences
  2. an in-depth understanding of the methods commonly used to collect, clean and analyse quantitative data
  3. opportunities to develop abilities to critically evaluate the appropriateness of statistical methods commonly used to analyse quantitative data in social sciences.

Module content

  • an introduction to probability theory
  • exploratory data analysis
  • hypothesis testing and p-values
  • simple and multiple linear regression analysis
  • cross-sectional and panel data analysis
  • discrete choice analysis
  • principal component and factor analyses
  • multilevel analysis
  • an introduction to Structural Equation Models (SEMs)
  • using statistical software for data analysis.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • understand the design and construction of quantitative data sources used in social sciences and their implications for analyses
  • apply and interpret a range of statistical analysis competently, including descriptive, inferential and multivariate techniques
  • manipulate and analyse quantitative data using statistical software
  • develop in-depth understanding of the concepts, methods and skills central to quantitative methods used in social science research
  • demonstrate in-depth awareness of ideas relating to probability sampling, sampling error and statistical inference used in social sciences
  • critically evaluate the advantages and limitations of various statistical methods employed and reported in the social science literature
  • be familiar with collecting and analysing quantitative data from a range of sources using appropriate statistical software
  • critically evaluate, synthesise and draw conclusions based on quantitative data analysis
  • effectively communicate and present synthesis and conclusions.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 3 hours
  • lectures: 30 hours
  • guided independent study: 167 hours

Assessment

  • 4,000-word coursework assignment: 100%

Research Design and Practice (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to what methodology is, connecting to the ontological and epistemological debates in the Philosophy of Social Science module, in order to support you to design realistic research for your dissertation in social science.

The module emphasises the interconnectedness between concepts and theory with data collection and analysis. You will examine research methodologies across epistemological approaches and on the basis of this, you will be able to submit a dissertation research outline at the end of the module.

In the context of thinking about methodology, you will also address ethical questions about the relationship and power dynamics between the researcher and research subjects, as well as those engaged in knowledge production outside of academia.

Module content

This module will first clarify the difference between what methodology is and which tools (methods) are available to collect and analyse data for the purposes of social sciences research. You will also be able to think about power relationships and ethical requirements in conducting research and in interacting with professionals for the purpose of research. This is then followed by an opportunity to acquire familiarity with different methodologies and an evaluation of which of the methodologies might be best suited to support your particular research interest and question.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • identify appropriate research strategies, focusing on a coherent analysis
  • identify appropriate methods of data collections and analysis in the construction of their personal research design
  • understand key methodological problems in designing and conducting research in the social sciences
  • deploy and critically evaluate a range of ideas relating to research methods and design
  • evaluate the effectiveness of different methodological approaches to research in social science research
  • exercise critical judgement in relation to decisions of research design and related ethical problems
  • make sound judgements with the regard to ethical problems in a professional environment
  • work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management
  • communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing
  • use ICT for the retrieval and presentation of information, including appropriate statistical and numerical information
  • collaborate with others to achieve common goals.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures: 10 hours
  • practical classes and workshops: 16 hours
  • guided independent study: 174 hours

Assessment

  • academic scholarship test: 10%
  • research brief: 25%
  • research design: 65%

Dissertation in Social Science Research: Social Policy (60 credits)

The aim of this module is for you to design, conduct, analyse and report an original empirical study within the field of social policy.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically assess theories at the forefront of communication and media, and use them to generate an original research question
  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the principles of research design
  • observe and apply the ethical requirements for studies involving human participants
  • critically assess methods of data analysis appropriate for your chosen design
  • generate a clear, coherent and original research question
  • critically review relevant research literature to construct a coherent argument to support your research question
  • critically evaluate research methods to select the most appropriate to answer the research question
  • conduct an empirical study to collect quantitative and / or qualitative data and analyse this using an appropriate technique
  • critically evaluate data collected in context with previously published knowledge or information
  • produce a comprehensive and clear report of the study that adheres to disciplinary guidelines
  • demonstrate self-direction by working independently
  • solve problems in creative and innovative ways
  • communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • successfully manage a project from idea to completion.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 20 hours
  • guided independent study: 580 hours

Assessment

  • proposal presentation: 10%
  • written research report: 90%

Optional modules

20 credits to be taken across semesters 1 and 2

Doing Research with Young People in their Socio-Spatial Contexts (10 credits)

The module will analyse how to conduct research with young people, paying attention to their social and spatial contexts. It will examine both theoretical and practical aspects of researching with young people in their socio-spatial contexts.

The module is divided into two key blocks. The first block focuses on theoretical, epistemological, methodological and ethical considerations of researching with young people, including hard-to reach groups, such as those with disabilities, and also relationally with young people in their families or institutional contexts in the global north and south. The second block provides practical hands-on experience of methods used to research with young people, such as participatory videoing, practical and visual techniques.

Applied Conversation Analysis (10 credits)

The aims of this module are to: (a) train students in the perspective and methods of Conversation Analysis (CA); (b) demonstrate how CA can be applied to the study of interactions in medical, legal and social welfare settings and (c) demonstrate also how CA can be used to improve the effectiveness of communication in such settings.

Intended learning outcomes 

On completion of the module students should be able to:
- Critically assess the principles of CA's perspective and methodology
- Appraise how CA's essentially qualitative methodology can usefully be combined with statistical techniques, where appropriate
- Be able to conduct the study and analysis of interactions in an institutional setting and critically assess whether CA’s methodology can be applied to
improve the effectiveness of communication in that setting
- Propose a methodology for evaluating the improvement of effectiveness suggested, having understood the challenges involved in evaluating effectiveness
- Evaluate the principles and working methods of CA, and its connections with other qualitative methods
- Critically appraise its appropriate use and strengths and limitations
- Engage critically with the existing research literature in applied studies, to assess how CA is being utilised in a range of diverse practical interdisciplinary settings, especially in medical settings
- Apply CA to interactions in an applied setting, through practical small-scale project work
- Evaluate the importance of engaging stakeholders such as (medical) professionals, patient groups, management etc. in the design and conduct of applied CA research
- Critically assess the relevance of applied CA methods for their own individual research projects, and the challenges and benefits of this method demonstrated through class discussion and coursework
- Understand abstract ideas and apply them to concrete topics and issues
- Think reflexively about their own research and the issues it raises
- Demonstrate well-developed writing and interpersonal communication abilities
- Work flexibly, creatively, independently, and in groups.

Assessment 

100% coursework

 



Compulsory modules

Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)

This module will:

  1. give you a comprehensive and critical understanding and appreciation of qualitative and interpretative methods in your field of study
  2. critically review and communicate how different qualitative research designs inform understanding
  3. critique the process of guided inductive analysis and the representation of interpretative data
  4. measure phenomena appropriately in accordance with research design.

Module content

Topics covered may include:

  • ontologies and epistemologies of interpretivist technique
  • interviewing methods
  • narrative methods
  • media, internet and photo-visual techniques/analysis.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically explain and evaluate the alignment of ontology, epistemology, methodology and methods
  • critically evaluate the principal elements of applied research related to different research designs
  • critique the process of conceptual/theoretical abstraction from observation
  • critically evaluate the subjective aspects of researched phenomenon
  • represent experience and knowledge from a variety of viewpoints
  • effectively communicate research ideas in group contexts
  • apply a variety of research methods: interviewing, narrative and media
  • employ enhanced techniques of qualitative data analysis
  • develop competence in using IT skills, including coding software and internet/media/communication platforms
  • manage self-learning: self-assessment, time management, motivation, note-taking, reading efficiently, critical thought and reflection, using the library
  • use information technology appropriately to inform and support the research process including the use of Library, OPAC, library databases, and the web.

Teaching and learning

  • lectures: 30 hours
  • guided independent study: 170 hours

Assessment

  • presentation: 40%
  • 3,000-word coursework assignment: 60%

Understanding Social Policy Research (20 credits)

This module will introduce the contemporary perspectives, theories and concepts relating to social policy development, drawing extensively upon empirical evidence to illustrate how policy is created and implemented. It will also explore methodological approaches to assess the implementation and impact of social policy developments and the use of open source software for the statistical analysis of data used in social policy research and policy evaluations.

Topics studied may include:

  • an introduction to social policy theories and perspectives
  • the policy-making process
  • understanding the research and policy connection
  • understanding public scholarship
  • research traditions in social policy:
    • positivism and realism
    • hermeneutics and interactionism approaches
    • feminist and critical approaches
  • open-source software and its use in social policy research
  • the ethics of social policy research.

Dissertation in Social Science Research: Social Policy (60 credits)

The aim of this module is for you to design, conduct, analyse and report an original empirical study within the field of social policy.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically assess theories at the forefront of communication and media, and use them to generate an original research question
  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the principles of research design
  • observe and apply the ethical requirements for studies involving human participants
  • critically assess methods of data analysis appropriate for your chosen design
  • generate a clear, coherent and original research question
  • critically review relevant research literature to construct a coherent argument to support your research question
  • critically evaluate research methods to select the most appropriate to answer the research question
  • conduct an empirical study to collect quantitative and / or qualitative data and analyse this using an appropriate technique
  • critically evaluate data collected in context with previously published knowledge or information
  • produce a comprehensive and clear report of the study that adheres to disciplinary guidelines
  • demonstrate self-direction by working independently
  • solve problems in creative and innovative ways
  • communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • successfully manage a project from idea to completion.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 20 hours
  • guided independent study: 580 hours

Assessment

  • proposal presentation: 10%
  • written research report: 90%

Optional modules

20 credits to be taken across semesters 1 and 2

Advanced Content Analysis (10 credits)

This module will consider advanced approaches to quantitative content analysis, in particular assessing the extent to which computer-assisted analysis can extend the reach and rigour of statistical textual analysis.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • the origins of quantitative content analysis, its historical uses and its new challenges.
  • identifying and using digital repositories for the gathering traditional media content (Box of Broadcasts, Nexis, Gale Group and ProQuest).
  • the use of computer software for the harvesting and storage of on-line content (websites and social media) (Httrack & Mozdeh).
  • the principles and procedures involved in measuring inter-coder reliability (including computer assisted calculation procedures).
  • practical tasks related to the design and piloting of a coding schedule.
  • computer-aided data analysis using SPSS and NVIVO.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  • identify and understand the various methodological debates and theories relating to content analysis
  • critically evaluate the methodological strengths and weaknesses of content analysis
  • understand and apply quantitative content analysis to a range of research contexts and settings
  • understand the benefits of, and limitations to, the 'computational turn' in content analysis
  • design a valid and reliable content analysis coding schedule
  • design a rigorous sample strategy
  • understand the principles and procedures of inter-coder reliability
  • use a range of digital data bases and software packages to retrieve and store traditional, online and social media content
  • use qualitative and quantitative software packages to assist in the analysis of large corpuses of media content
  • use a range of digital media archives and software for the identification and storage of relevant media content
  • use a variety of software packages for the analysis of content.

 

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 2 hours
  • seminars: 15 hours
  • guided independent study: 83 hours

Assessment

  • 2,000-word research project: 100%

Methodological Advances in Applied Ethnography (10 credits)

This module will consider advanced approaches to doing ethnographic research in a range of settings and interdisciplinary contexts, including innovations in ethnography and practical sessions on adapting ethnography for contemporary challenges and applied settings.

Module content

Topics studied may include:

  • ethnographic studies in anthropology
  • the Chicago School
  • reflexivity in ethnographic research
  • applied ethnography
  • virtual, visual and arts-based approaches to ethnography
  • communicating ethnographic research to diverse audiences
  • dissemination
  • impact and outputs.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  • identify and critically assess the various methodological debates and theories relating to ethnography
  • critically evaluate the methodological strengths and weaknesses of ethnographic methods
  • critically assess and apply ethnographic methods to a range of research contexts and settings
  • critically assess the challenges and benefits of using ethnography as method in applied settings
  • critically assess the development of ethnography as method in the social sciences through class discussion and coursework that requires students to
  • summarise and criticise academic literature and empirical studies and illustrate concepts and methods
  • critically assess how ethnographic methods have and can be utilised in a range of diverse interdisciplinary settings
  • demonstrate awareness and understanding of how ethnography can be conducted in digital and online settings
  • critically assess how ethnography can be used in applied settings in research with engages with various stakeholders and user groups, and the challenges that this might present
  • critically assess the relevance of ethnography methods for your own individual research projects and the challenges and benefits of these methods.

Teaching and learning

  • tutorials: 2 hours
  • seminars: 15 hours
  • guided independent study: 83 hours

Assessment

  • 2,000-word essay: 100%

Compulsory modules

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and group work. For full details, please see the module information above.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Field trips
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

The programme is in full compliance with the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) requirements for an MSc in Social Science Research. On completion of the course, you will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.

Your personal development

Our Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme provides an opportunity to develop specialised research skills relating to social policy within a school that is internationally renowned in this field.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a related discipline.

Afghanistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Masters 95% 85% 70%

Albania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomë e Nivelit të Pare (First Level (University) Diploma (from 2010) 9.5 8.5 8

Algeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (4 year) / Diplome d'Inginieur d'Etat / Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures 16 14 12

Argentina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Argentina 8.5 7.5 6.0

Armenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavri Kochum 90% 80% 70%
Magistrosi Kochum 3.9 3.5 3.0

Australia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Honours degree (AQF level 8) First Class, 80% Upper Second, 70%, H2A Lower Second, 60%, 2B
Ordinary degree - AQF Level 7 pass (mark 46 or 50) High Distinction (80% or 85%) Distinction (75% or 80%) Distinction (70% or 75%)

Austria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree/ Diplomstudium / Magister degree A (or 1.5) mit Auszeichnungbestanden 60% or B or 3.0 (or 2) 50% or C or 2.7 (or 3)

Azerbaijan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomu 4.5 4 3.5
Diplomu (Specialist Diploma) 90% 80% 70%

Bahamas

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bahrain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Bangladesh

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BUET or 'Good Private' University - 4 year degree BUET - 1st (70%) / 3.5 BUET - 2nd (60%) / 3.0 BUET - 2nd (55%) / 2.75
Other universities - Masters (1-2 years) following a 3 or 4 year degree 80% / 4.0 65% / 3.25 50% / 2.5

Barbados

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Barbados - Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Belarus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Specialist Diploma (5Yr) 9 7 5

Belgium

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude 60%/12
Licenciaat 80% 70% 60%
Licencie 17 14 12

Belize

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Benin

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise 18 15 or Bien 12 or Assez Bien

Bermuda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bolivia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
A Licenciado, 4 years Private (public/private) 85/78 75/66 67/55

Bosnia and Herzegovina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja / Diplomirani 10 9 8

Botswana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's degree A or 80% B or 70% C or 60%

Brazil

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brazil - 4 yr Bacharel or Licenciado/Licenciatura or Título Profissional 8.5 (A) 7.5 6.0

Brunei

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brunei First Upper Second (60%/B/3.1) Lower Second (50%/C/2.7)

Bulgaria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 yr Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Higher Education) 6 5 4

Cambodia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 years 90% or 9 or 4.0 80% or 8 or 3.5 70% or 7 or 3.0

Cameroon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree or Diplome d'Etudes Superiures de Commerce 1st or 15 2:1 or 14 2:2 or 12.5
Diplome d'Ingenieur or Diplôme d'Ingénieur de Conception or a Maitrise or a 4 year Licence 20 or GPA 3.7 20 or Bien (GPA 3.4) 20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0/percentage scale 3.7/85% 3.3/75% 2.7/68%
Out of 9 8 6 5
Out of 12 10 8 6

Chile

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Grado de Licenciado / Título (Profesional) de [subject area] (4 years) 6 5.5 5

China

Students are required to have a bachelor degree (4 years) for entry to a postgraduate programme. The University uses the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities to identify the required final mark, as outlined on the table below:

First class (70%) Mid 2:1 (65%) 2:1 (60%) Mid 2:2 (55%) 2:2 (50%)
Shanghai Rank Top 250 85% 81% 80% 78% 77%
Shanghai Rank 251-500 89% 84% 83% 81% 80%
Shanghai Rank 501+ 92% 87% 86% 85% 82%

Affiliated colleges

The University will consider students from Affiliated Colleges in the following way:

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities in the top 250 Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 80%-84%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are 251-500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are above 500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered as follows:

  • School of Business and Economics: not considered
  • All other programmes if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Universities given special consideration

Applicants from a small number of Chinese universities that specialise in business, management, finance or creative arts will be given special consideration by the University. The full list of these universities and the Shanghai band under which they will be considered can be found in the PDF below.

Download the list of Chinese universities given special consideration here

Students who do not meet the above requirements may occasionally be considered if they have a relevant degree, can show good grades in relevant subjects, and/or have substantial relevant work experience.

Colombia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 4.5 3.75 3.2

Costa Rica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado 9 8 or 80 7 or 75

Croatia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaureus / Prvostupnik 4.5 3.8 3.0

Cuba

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year Titulo de Licenciado / Licenciatura 5 4 3

Cyprus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cyprus 8.5 7.0 6.5

Czech Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalár (after 2001) 6 yr integrated Magistr 1 1.5 2

Denmark

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Candidatus/Candidata Magisterii or Bachelor degree (7 point scale) 12 10 7

Dominican Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciado 3.8 Magna Cum Laude 3.5 Cum Laude 3.2
Título de [subject area] - 85% 82%

Ecuador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado 8.5 8 7
Título de [subject area] 85% 80% 70%

Egypt

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Egypt 3.5 3.2 2.8
Universities only BA 90%, BSc 85% BA 80%, BSc 75% BA 65%, BSc 65%

El Salvador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Licenciado 8.5 7.5 6.5
Título de Ingeniero 85% 75% 65%
Arquitecto - Muy Bueno Bueno

Estonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalaureusekraad or Magister or Magistrikraad 5 or A 4 or B 3 or C

Ethiopia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A/GPA 4.0 A/GPA 3.5 B/GPA 2.8

Finland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kandidaattii/Kandidat (out of 3) 3 2 1
Maisteri/Magister (out of 5) 4.5 3 2.5

France

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (3 years)/ Maitrise/ Diplôme d'Ingénieur 14 12 11

Georgia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year degree (% = new system) 5 (95%) 4.5 (85%) 4 (75%)

Germany

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
German Bachelor/ Diplom, Magister Artium / Zeugnis über den Zweiten Abschnitt der Ärztlichen Prüfung 1.5 2.5 3.0

Ghana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ghana First Upper second/60% Lower second/50%

Greece

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
AEI 8.5 7.0 6
TEI 8.5 7 6.5

Grenada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of West Indies - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Degree from University of West Indies - grade / percentage A B / 75% C / 55%
Degree from University of West Indies - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Guatemala

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Liceniado / Titulo de (subject area) - 4years 90% (public university) / 95% (private university) 80% (public university) / 85% (private university) 60% (public university) / 70% (private university)

Guyana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's GPA 4 GPA 3.5 3.0

Honduras

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado / Grado Académico de Licenciatura (4 year degree) - GPA out of 5 GPA 5 or 90% GPA 4 or 80% GPA 3.5 or 70%

Hong Kong

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Hungary

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Alapfokozt or Egyetemi Oklevel / Bachelor 5 4 3

Iceland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaurreatus degree or Kandidatsprof/Candidatus Mag 8.5 7.5 6.5

India

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework 65% (First) 60% (First) 55% (Upper second)
All other Indian institutions 70% (First with distinction) 65% (First) 60% (First)

Indonesia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sarjana I (S1) from A (or B) credited Universities 3.7 (4.0) 3.3 (3.7) 3 (3.3)

Iran

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iran 17 15 13

Iraq

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iraq 80% 75% 70%

Ireland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Republic of Ireland First (70%) Upper second (60%) Lower second (50%)

Israel

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3 yr Bachelor Degree 90% 80% 70%

Italy

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma di Laurea 109/110 104/110 (or 27) 100/110 (or 26)

Ivory Coast

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplome d'Etude Approfondies, Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures 16 14 (Bien) 12 (Assez Bien)

Jamaica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by UCJ and CCCJ 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) or B 2:2 (GPA 2.0) or C

Japan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Japan 85% 80% or B or 3.0 70% or C or 2.0

Jordan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3 or 3.5/5 or 75% 2.8 or 65%

Kazakhstan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 5.0/percentage scale 4.5 or 90% 4 or 85% 3.5 or 80%
GPA 4.33 scale 3.9 3.7 3.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.4 3

Kenya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kenya First / 70% / A Upper second / 60% / B Lower second / 50% / C

Kosovo

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kosovo 10 9 8

Kuwait

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.6 3.0 2.8

Latvia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Latvia 9 7 6

Lebanon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
American 90% (3.5) 80% (3.2) 70% (2.8)
French 18 15 12

Liberia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's 4.0 or 90% 3.5 or 85% 3 or 80%

Libya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BSc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine 85 (3.6) 75 (3.0) 65 (2.5)
Other bachelor's degree from a university 90 (4.0) 85% (3.6) 75% (3.0)

Lithuania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lithuania 9 8 7

Macau

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macau 1st or GPA 3.7 2:1 or GPA 3.0 2:2 or GPA 2.5

Macedonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macedonia 10 9 8

Malawi

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's only MSc 75% MSc 70% MSc 65%

Malaysia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Class 2.1 2.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Malta

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Malta 1st (80%) 2:1 (70%) 2:2 (55%)

Mauritius

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mauritius 1st or 70% 2:1 or 60% 2:2 or 50%

Mexico

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mexico 9 8 7

Moldova

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenţă (Diploma of Licentiate) 10 9 8

Mongolia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Диплом Специалиста (Specialist Diploma) 90% or 3.5 80% or GPA 3.2 70% or GPA 3.0

Morocco

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Morocco 17 15 13

Mozambique

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciatura 16 14 12

Myanmar (Burma)

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
2 year Master's degree 5 or 85% 5 or 75% 4.5 or 65%

Namibia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Namibia 80% or A 70% or B 60% or C

Nepal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's (after 3 year bachelor degree) 90% or 3.9 GPA 80% or 3.8 GPA 65% or 3.3 GPA

Netherlands

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Netherlands 8 7 6

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Honours degree (480 credits) - Level 8 First (7.0) Upper Second (6.0) Lower Second (4.0)

Nicaragua

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciatura (4 year) 90% 80% 70%

Nigeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
7 point Scale 6 5 4
5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
4 point scale 3.5 3 2.5

Norway

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Norway A B C

Oman

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Pakistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Public Universities 4 Year degree only First with distinction (75%) / 4.0 First (65%) / 3.2 Second (59%) / 2.6
Private Universities 4 Year degree only First with Distinction (85%) First (75%) First (65%)
2 or 3 year bachelor's plus Master's First (60%) Second (55%) Second (50%)

Palestine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree A / 90% / 3.7 B+ / 85% / 3.3 B / 80% / 3.0

Panama

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 91 (A) 81 (B) 71 (C)

Papua New Guinea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Papua New Guinea 1st 2:1 2:2

Paraguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Paraguay - 4 3.5

Peru

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Título de Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 14 13 12

Philippines

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from prestigious state universities or Centres of Excellence (COE) Summa Cum Laude 4.0 / 96% / 1.0 Magna cum Laude 3.5 / 92% / 1.5 Cum Laude 3.0 / 87%/ 2.0

Poland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree (post 2003) Magister (pre- 2003) 5 4.5 / 4+ 4

Portugal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Portugal 18 16 14

Qatar

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Romania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenta/ Diploma de Inginer 9 8 7

Russia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Russia 4.5 4.0 3.5

Rwanda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year bachelor (Hons) degree (480 credits) 1st, 16/20 (80%) 2:1,14/20 (70%) 2:2, 12/20 (60%)

Saudi Arabia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.75 3.5

Senegal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise, Diplome d'Etude Approfondies,Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures Specialisees 16/20 or Tres Bien 14/20 or Bien 12/20 or Assez Bien

Serbia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomirani/ Bachelor's degree 9 8 7

Sierra Leone

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification - 2:1 2:2
Percentage grading - 60-69% 50-59%
Letter grading - B+ B

Singapore

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Upper second Lower second
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.0 2.7
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.5 3.0

Slovakia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovakia 1.5 or B 2.0 or C 2.5 or C/high D

Slovenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovenia 9.5 8.5 7

South Africa

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Percentage scale 75-100% 70-74% 60-69%

South Korea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA out of 4.5 4.0 / A 3.5 / B 3.0 / C+
GPA out of 4.3 4.0 / A 3.0 / B 2.7 / C+

Spain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de Ingeniero / Título de Arquitecto 8.5 7 6.5
UCM grading 3.0 2.0 1.5

Sri Lanka

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sri Lanka 70% 60% 55%

Sudan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sudan (North and South) 1st or 70% or B+ 2:1 or 66% Mid 2:2 or 60% or B

Sweden

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sweden - Overall grade of VG with a minimum of 90 credits at VG Overall grade of G with a minimum of 90 credits at G

Switzerland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Switzerland 6 5 4

Syria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
State universities 4 years of study 80% 70% 60%
Private universities 4 years of study 90% 80% 70%

Taiwan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Category 1 (4 year degree) 80% 75% 70%
Category 2 (4 year degree) 85% 80% 75%

Tajikistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tajikistan - 4.5 4

Tanzania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tanzania 1st 2:1 2:2

Thailand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Trinidad and Tobago

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by ACTT 1st or B+ or 70% 2:1 or B or 65% 2:2 or B- or 60%

Tunisia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence, Maîtrise, Diplôme National d'Ingénieu 15 (tres bien) 14 (bien) 11 (assez bien)

Turkey

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lisans Diplomasi or a Műhendis Diplomasi 3.5 3 2.5

Turkmenistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkmenistan - 4.5 4

Uganda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uganda 1st or 4.4 2:1 or 3.8 2:2 or 3.0

Ukraine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Dyplom Magistra or a Bachelors degree (11 / 5) 11 or 5 9 or 4.5 8 or 4

United Arab Emirates

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.6

United States of America

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Uruguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado (4 year) 10 9 8

Uzbekistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomi / Diplomi (Specialist Diploma) 90% or GPA 4.5 80% or GPA 4.0 70% or GPA 3.0

Venezuela

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado/Professional title. (4 year) 18/20 or 8/9 16/20 or 7/9 14/20 or 6/9

Vietnam

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Vietnam 8.0 7.0 6.0

Zambia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A or 4.0 or 80% B+, 3.5 or 70% B or 3.0 or 60%

Zimbabwe

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3/4 year degree 1st or 75% 2:1 or 65% 2:2 or 60%

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
£9,300

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£19,100

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment.

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

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