Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology & Anthropology

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

Our research was ranked third in the country in the 2008 research assessment exercise. We host programmes in sociology, social policy, criminology and sociology with anthropology and have a range of new programmes available for 2014. 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.

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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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.

Finding a place to stay

Our accommodation people can advise if you are new to Southampton.

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Meet our students

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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.”

Our student experiences

  • University of Southampton Applied Social Sciences graduate
  • Anthropology student Emily talks about importance of feminism

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