Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Southampton sociologists, criminologists and academics in social policy explore a wide range of issues in their work.

Our research was ranked in the Top 5 in the country* in the REF 2014. We host programmes in sociology, social policy and criminology and have a range of programmes available for 2015. Our academics from these disciplines explore topical areas such as crime, education, work and social inequality. This research informs their teaching, so you will learn directly from specialists about these fascinating subjects.

* Social Policy Unit of Assessment 22 

Cutting-edge research


We aim to promote and undertake research which is methodologically innovative and at the cutting edge of contemporary social theory.

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A place to be active and to relax

Highfield campus

Our attractive green campus offers impressive sporting and cultural facilities, while the city and region have much to offer.

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  • 2014/12/18

    REF 2014: Social Sciences soar in world-leading research to top 5

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    Life Long Learning 'Expert Evidence under the Microscope' Study Day 29 November

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Dynamic teaching

Our highly-regarded undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of your chosen disciplines and to acquire a wide range of new quantitative and qualitative research skills.

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Meet our students

Joanna Malone

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“Studying here has given me a boost in confidence and has made me feel able to voice my opinions amongst my peers, as well as lecturers.”

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