Social Sciences

Social Sciences has an international reputation for innovative quantitative methodologies in social statistics. Our academics conduct cutting-edge research which combines both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

We have five divisions and much of our work is interdisciplinary. Addressing the major issues of society through combining approaches, we foster joint working while retaining the individual strengths of our specialist subject areas. While many of the issues we examine are global, our roots are anchored in the communities we study.

Cutting-edge research

Outstanding research

Research opportunities are available in criminology, demography, economics, gerontology, politics, social policy, sociology, and statistics. As well as a number of extremely active research groups in each of our divisions, we host several major international research centres.

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A supportive environment for success


Studying the social sciences will inspire and challenge students interested in exploring our subjects: ageing/gerontology; economics; politics and international relations; social statistics and demography; sociology and social policy.

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  • 2015/06/12

    Dean of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences awarded OBE

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  • 2015/06/03

    Join our team. Teaching posts with closing date 10 June 2015

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  • 2015/05/18

    University of Southampton academic to head polling inquiry

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