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International Master of Social Sciences in Comparative Social Policy (IMCSP)

The International Master of Social Sciences in Comparative Social Policy (IMCSP) is a unique taught master's program that offers an applied international and comparative focus to the study of social policy, development, policy analysis and governance.

The IMCSP is offered by the Department of Sociology and Social Policy (SOCSP) at Lingnan University together with staff from the Division of Graduate Studies and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Ageing Studies (APIAS) together with its partners from around the world, including the UCL Institute of Education and Peking University. Each year, a selection of IMCSP students has the opportunity to choose an international pathway to visit the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University York in the United Kingdom.

The IMCSP is primarily designed for graduates from social policy, international development, politics, sociology or other social sciences disciplines and professionals whose work is directly related to social policy formulation, execution and analysis. Graduates and professionals from other backgrounds and who seek to develop their social policy analysis, communication and research skills in a unique international and comparative teaching and learning environment are also encouraged to apply.

IMCSP students will be equipped with the vision, knowledge and research skills welcomed by local and international employers in public, private and third sector organizations engaged in policy analysis, design and advocacy. They will also be well prepared for postgraduate research at the MPhil and PhD level.