International Social Welfare and Social Policy


Intermediate award(s): PG Cert, PG Dip

Course overview

This course will give you an opportunity to learn about social welfare and social policy in the global context. The focus lies on comparative and global analysis which is applied to areas of concern including street children, deprived communities, criminal justice and migration and social welfare in areas of political conflict.

You will gain skills relating to policy making, social science analysis, research, evaluation, leadership and strategies of change. This course advances your career at a national or international context of social welfare and social policy.

Module guide

Core modules
  • Globalisation, Social Welfare And Social Policy

    This module considers the relationship between globalisation and social welfare and policy at a micro, mezzo and macro level. It considers how globalisation impacts on social welfare provision and policy planning in different countries and societal contexts, from a political, social, economic, technological and educational viewpoint. We will evaluate and critically analyse whether there are universal values and a universal knowledge base which can be relied upon to provide a response towards overcoming global problems, or whether they are, or need to be, culturally and locally specific. This module also looks at how individuals, social networks and organisations deal with providing support for those in greatest need and how this can be translated to work within an international arena from both a statutory and voluntary/non-governmental organisation perspective. Finally, we will consider the role of the social welfare and social policy worker within a globalised world, and critically debate universal standards of practice and transferable skills and adaptation.

  • Comparative Social Policy And Social Welfare

    Here, we will look at comparative issues concerning social policy and social welfare in the international context. Areas such as migration, poverty and social exclusion, youth work, street living and community work will be analysed across a variety of countries and regions. Within the context of specific case studies, you will apply the principles of comparative analysis and critically evaluate methodological issues which arise. Further emphasis will be placed on the critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives of international social welfare and social policy in the context of case studies. You will develop your own comparative analysis regarding issues of international social welfare and social policy, and enhance your skills in the theoretical and methodological evaluation of literature regarding comparative analysis.

  • Research Studies

    This module will provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It will provide you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of enquiry and its relationship to practice. It will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.

  • Major Project

    This module will support you in your preparation and submission of a Masters-stage Major Project. You will be expected to bring together aspects of learning from previous modules as well as use the learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing a research or work-based project. There will be eight hours of workshop support available to you during the module, delivered as four, two-hour workshops. In addition, there will be a full day's introductory workshop before the module commences. You will be allocated a minimum of six hours' individual supervisory support. More time can be negotiated with your supervisor.

Tutor profile

Dr Claudia Schneider - Course Leader

Claudia is a Principal Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University with a particular interest in research and teaching within an international arena. Her main areas of teaching and research concern migration studies and research methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods). She completed her PhD (London School of Economics, Sociology) in 2006 on German immigration policy. Claudia has co-led several regional and European research projects on migration since 2005. She co-organised with Cambridge University (Faculty of Education) the 2012 BAICE (British Association for International and Comparative Education) conference on 'Education, Mobility and Migration' and is currently co-leading an externally funded project with Cambridge University on (international) school children in England who have English as an additional language (funded by the Bell Foundation). Claudia is supervising several national and international PhD students and has published a number of research reports and articles on migration, theory and education.

Links with industry and professional recognition

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is currently working in collaboration with a number of universities from across Europe on the International Doctorial Studies in Social Work (INDOSOW) project. This is the first European doctoral programme of its kind which offers postgraduate students the opportunity to take part in an international interdisciplinary study of social work, welfare systems and social policies. For further information about the INDOSOW project please visit:

Associated careers

Career areas associated with this course include social work, social policy, community development and education.

Main requirements:
  • A First Degree, with Honours, at a minimum final classification of Lower Second (2:2) or equivalent.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University
Applicants should normally have a good first degree or equivalent. Applicants should be working, or looking to pursue a career in areas such as social policy, social welfare or community development. They do not necessarily need a professional qualification for access to the course, but do need to meet the above criteria and demonstrate a strong interest in social welfare and social policy. Non-graduates may gain entry to the course by clearly demonstrating on their application that their qualifications and experience are equivalent to an Honours degree.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2015/January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

International and EU applicants

We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
If you do not meet the above requirements, then there is an alternative. Consider entry to the course via an integrated foundation year at Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.

How to apply



September starts:
12 months

January starts:
15 months

Teaching times*

First trimester 2 days per week (9.00am-2.00pm and 9.00am-1.00pm)
Second and third trimesters 1 day per week (10.00am-2.00pm)

Available starts

September, January

Fees & funding

Open Day

25 April, Chelmsford and Cambridge
Postgraduate Open Day


Health, Social Care & Education


Family and Community Studies

Contact us

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* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.

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