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Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & CriminologyPart of Social Sciences


If you choose to study with us, you will be joining a lively and dynamic division of experienced lecturers. Most of our academics have international research reputations, as demonstrated in our excellent results in the 2014 research assessment framework (REF). This means that you will enjoy high-quality teaching and graduate with a highly regarded degree informed by cutting-edge research.

International reputation

Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and Anthropology programmes have been central to Social Sciences at Southampton for over 40 years. In the latest REF our submission was ranked fifth in the UK.

* Social Policy Unit of Assessment 22

Intellectually stimulating environment

By undertaking one of our postgraduate programmes, you will find yourself working in a vibrant research community, surrounded by fellow postgraduate students and staff committed to advancing academic study and research in exciting areas related to topical social issues.

Postgraduate research conferences enable our PhD students to present and discuss work, exchange ideas and 'good practice', and receive feedback from academic staff.

Interdisciplinary community of social scientists

As part of the Division, you will be joining Social Sciences' multidisciplinary environment, which offers research and teaching programmes not only in social policy and sociology but also in ageing, demography, economics, international relations, politics, and social statistics.

Working with the best

You will be studying alongside internationally respected academics across all our research areas.

Studying as part of our community

Working towards a PhD can be challenging, but joining our friendly community of PhD students offers an inspirational and supportive environment.

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“I found the Division highly supportive of both my academic and personal development, and I made the most of career development events they organised throughout the year.”

Amy Tomlins - MSc Social Policy and Social Research

An obvious advantage of postgraduate study is having the chance to study an area that interests you in more depth. Alongside this there are opportunities to develop your writing and presentation skills, to gain teaching experience and to attend conferences and meet other people who are interested in similar things.

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