Master of Science by Coursework in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (EBSIPE)

Differences from 2018/19 to 2023/24

  • 1. Candidates must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

  • 2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (i) A compulsory core paper, in either Evidence-Based Social Intervention  or Policy Evaluation, examined by a three-houran unseen written examination;  

    • (ii) A compulsory  Evaluation Methods paper, for which students will be examined on the basis of athree methods work bookassignments (consisting of two one research methods essays and one statistics assignment each of up to 3,000 words; and two critical appraisals, one qualitativeessay (up to 2,500 words) and one quantitativestatistics assignment (up to 3,000 words); and a qualitative critical appraisal (up to 2,500 words)). These are to be submitted throughout the year anonymously and in Word format via WebLearn,the accompaniedUniversity byapproved confirmationonline thatassessment itplatform. Technical information on the requirements for online submissions is provided in the candidate’sCourse own workHandbook.
    • (iii) One Option paper examined by a three-houran unseen written examination;

    • (iv) One research thesis on a topic related to, and attentive to  evidence-based intervention, policy evaluation or evaluation methods. The subject of the thesis must be approved by the supervisor on behalf of the Department and should not exceed 10,000 words in length.

  • The thesis must be submitteduploaded viato WebLearn the University approved online assessment platform no later than noon on 15 August or the weekday nearest to 15 August of the year in which the examination has been taken. The thesis must be anonymous, and submitted in Word format. Successful candidates may be required to deposit a hard copy of their thesis in the Social Science Library.

  • 3. A candidate who fails the examination may enter for one subsequent examination only, provided this is within six terms of his or her initial registration. A candidate who has attained a satisfactory mark in any one of the four components (i through iv) of the examination in item 2 above will not be required to retake the component(s) that received a pass mark.

  • 4. Each candidate must attend a  viva voce  when required to do so by the examiners.

  • 5. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.


  • (i) Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (core course): Candidates will be expected to have a knowledge of major theories underlying evidence-based social interventions  or policy evaluation research. The course will use exemplary intervention and evaluation research studies to illustrate important theoretical, ethical, methodological, and practice issues.

  • (ii)  Evaluation Methods (core course): Candidates will be expected to have a knowledge of major quantitative and qualitative techniques, and research designs for understanding social problems and evaluating social interventions and policies.  In the event of failure of any of the fivethree methods workbook assignments, candidates are able to resubmit that assignment once. The maximum mark awarded for re-submitted elements is 50 except in exceptional circumstances. Candidates must pass all fivethree assignments to successfully pass the methods workbook.

  • (iii) Option course: This will enable students to link evidence-based solutions to a range of social problems. The list of options will be published annually by Friday of the sixth week of Michaelmas Full Term in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Candidates are expected to take options offered through the EBSIPE course. Only in exceptional circumstances and with the special permission of the Course Director, the optional paper may be from subjects outside this list.