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Department of Social Policy and Intervention

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford is an interdisciplinary centre for research and teaching in social policy and the systematic evaluation of social intervention.

The department’s research falls under three main clusters: the Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP), the Centre for Evidence-Based Social Intervention (CEBI), and the Oxford Centre for Population Research (OXPOP). In addition we host the interdepartmental Centre for AIDS Interdisciplinary Research at Oxford (CAIRO).

Our research is international in outlook. We have contributed to academic debate and to the development of policy. Our work has had a significant impact on policy and practice, from the way in which government funds are allocated to the delivery of local programmes.

  • MSc in Comparative Social Policy: explores welfare systems and policy developments across a range of different countries. Students are encouraged to share their own personal understanding and experiences of different welfare systems.

    Through lectures and seminars students are encouraged to learn about and reflect upon key theories, concepts and debates within comparative social policy. Particular questions we explore include: Why and how does policy develop or change across different welfare systems? What (and whose) needs does policy respond to? How and why do policy developments vary in different countries? And what are the outcomes or consequences of different policy approaches?

  • MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation teaches how interventions may be assessed and evaluated, and how critical appraisal can test the claims of “evidence based practice". It tackles the difficult issues involved in transforming research findings into useable interventions for practice, and facilitating practitioner access to the information about evidence which they need to make their decisions.

MSc application deadlines

  • 18 November 2016 (MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation only)
  • 20 January 2017
  • 10 March 2017

How to apply

More information on the programmes’ entry requirements and how to submit an application is available on the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and University of Oxford Graduate Admissions websites.


Please email DSPI Admissions or phone +44 (0)1865 280734 with any questions.

About the Department

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention is multidisciplinary centre of excellence for research and teaching in social policy, the development and systematic evaluation of social interventions, and population studies. It carries out both applied and basic research and is home to a global community of academics and researchers with a range of disciplinary backgrounds.

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