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Social Sciences


Our graduates are in influential positions in companies and organisations around the world. They are policymakers and senior decision-makers, social workers, administrators and lecturers, using the analytical skills they gained at Southampton in a wide range of careers in the public, private and third sectors.

After you complete your studies with us, you will become part of the University's global community of over 183,000 alumni and can access a wide range of benefits and events. Our alumni magazines will keep you up to date with activities and achievements both in Social Sciences and the wider University community.

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Our divisions



Politics & International Relations

Social Statistics & Demography

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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“The best part of the job is being in places where you think a little bit of history is unfolding and you’re there watching it.”

Jon Sopel - BSc Politics and Sociology
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Going to university broadens the mind and teaches you so much. I'm so pleased I did it.
Gerry Del-Guercio - BSc Sociology
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I really enjoyed my degree, especially studying politics, and was lucky to have fantastic tutors.
Christopher Dignan - BA Modern History and Politics
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Not only did I receive a degree from an internationally recognised university, I also made some great friends.
Councillor Paul Holmes - BSc Politics and International Relations
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I have very high regard for the University of Southampton and for according me an opportunity to study Social Statistics. Soon after submitting my PhD thesis, I got hired as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation Project at Macro International
Priscilla Atwani Idele - PhD in Social Statistics
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My Masters degree at the University of Southampton has considerably extended my analytical, argumentation and research skills, and has enabled me to critically analyse complex subjects and issues, which is an incredibly helpful skill at my current traineeship at the Europol HQ in the Hague.
Gloria Lintl - MSc Global Politics (2009-10)
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Southampton has a vibrant postgraduate student community, which provides a broad perspective on research in the social sciences.
Mark Lyons-Amos - PhD in social statistics and demography
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The academic faculty has been very supportive and friendly and always willing to advise and help students.
Andria Lyssiotou - BSc Economics
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The combination of 'social' and 'statistics' appealed both to my statistical background and my desire to do something good for humankind.
Nyovani Madise - MSc and PhD Social Statistics
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What I learned at Southampton proved key to what I do today.
Stelios Makrydakis - MSc Economics and Econometrics
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University taught me that making friends and focusing on what you enjoy are the most important things.
Peter Morgan - BA Modern History and Politics
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I chose my degree course as a stepping stone in my career and it has worked out perfectly.
Malcolm Newman - BSc Accounting and Economics
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A foundation in Economics is useful and having the joint honours of Finance really helped push me over the edge as it gave me exposure to a broader range of subjects, which employers found attractive.
Austen Robilliard - BSc in Economics and Finance
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The opportunities at the University of Southampton are fantastic. Most importantly the University increased my confidence which helped me get a place on a graduate scheme.
Georgia Searle - BSc Politics
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Throughout my time at Southampton I was lucky enough to have wonderful teachers who inspired their students with their passion for the subject.
Professor Steve Smith - BSc Politics and International Studies, MSc International Studies, PhD in international relations
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The best part of the job is being in places where you think a little bit of history is unfolding and you’re there watching it.
Jon Sopel - BSc Politics and Sociology
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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

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