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Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyPart of Economic, Social and Political SciencePostgraduate study

Studying here

Choose Southampton and you will become part of a strong postgraduate research and taught student community, work collaboratively with internationally-respected academics and be a part world-leading research as it happens. If you choose to study at Southampton you will gain access to state-of-the-art facilities, expert support services and a wide range of training and development opportunities.

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How to Apply

Find out more about the postgraduate application process.

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Discover our accommodation options and how you can apply.

International reputation

Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology programmes have been central to Economic, Social and Political Sciences at Southampton for over 40 years. In the latest research assessment exercise (RAE), our staff joined colleagues in the Division of Social Statistics & Demography and the Centre for Research on Ageing as part of a joint submission to the RAE Sub-Panel in Social Work and Social Policy and Administration. Our submission was ranked third in the UK, with an overall grade point average of 3.0.

Today we have 22 permanent members of staff, including six professors.

Intellectually stimulating environment

By undertaking one of our postgraduate programmes, you will find yourself working in a vibrant research community, surrounded by fellow postgraduate students and staff committed to advancing academic study and research in exciting areas related to topical social issues.

This is also reflected in our programme of regular seminars with visiting speakers in which postgraduate students are welcome to present and participate. Postgraduate research workshops enable our PhD students to present and discuss work and exchange 'good practice' in a more informal atmosphere.

Interdisciplinary community of social scientists

As part of our Division, you will be joining the multidisciplinary Economic, Social and Political Sciences community, which offers research and teaching programmes not only in Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology but also in ageing, demography, economics, international relations, politics, social work and social statistics.

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I am impressed by the high calibre of the researchers here, and the cultural and social capital that I am exposed to is immense.
Jana Javornik-SkrbinšekPhD in Social Policy
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