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The University of Southampton
Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyPart of Economic, Social and Political Science

We host programmes in sociology, social policy and criminology. Our sociologists, criminologists and academics in social policy 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.

Athena Swan


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The Bronze Award is in recognition of the positive culture within the School that values gender equality, as well as the comprehensive plan to address areas where we need to improve gender equality and balance.

Relevant societies to your learning

The University has a range of societies, from ballet to the debating society. Hear Emily share her experiences

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Innovative academics

We pride ourselves with leading academics who push boundaries, for example Dr Pathik Pathak leads an interactive social enterprise module

Your academics
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Our lecturers encourage us to think critically about aspects such as society and what happens around us. This insight has sparked my interest in the impact of current issues on us as individuals
Megan GriffithsBSc Sociology and Criminology, 2019

We are ranked 4th in the UK overall for our Social Work and Social Policy research*

*REF, 2021 (in a joint submission to UoA 4th out of 76 submissions based on overall grade point average rank)

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15 March 2021

Criminology 9th in the 2021 Times Good Uni...

Our Criminology programmes are top 10 in the 2021 Times Good Univer...

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23 February 2021

Nurturing tomorrow’s global leaders

Our Social Impact Lab enables students to change the world for the ...

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30 September 2020

Students from undergraduate Sociology, Soc...

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