The University of Southampton
Social Sciences

Postgraduate study in Social Sciences

Social Sciences at the University of Southampton has a tradition of first-class teaching and research. Our research was given excellent ratings in the latest research assessment framework (REF 2014).

Across Social Sciences, our research environment we offer in Criminology, Demography, Gerontology and Sociology rated 100% world-leading. Alongside these areas, Politics and International Relations is also ranked in the Top 5 in the country.

Taught by the best

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

Studying as part of our community

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

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Our divisions

Ageing/Gerontology

Economics

Politics & International Relations

Social Statistics & Demography

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology 

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“The University has a diverse student body, which means that it's an excellent opportunity to interact and network with people from all over the world.”

Maryam Kassim Alriyamy - MSc Sociology and Social Policy, PhD in Sociology and Social Policy

Research facts

We host several internationally significant research centres.

Research opportunities are available in Ageing & Gerontology, Economics, Politics, Social Statistics & Demography, Social Work, and Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and Anthropology. We also have a number of extremely active research groups in each division.

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