The University of Southampton
Social Sciences

Social Sciences – who we are

Our academics are involved in cutting-edge research on the major issues of our time, often collaborating with colleagues in other leading international universities.


We also work with local and national governments and organisations, both in the UK and internationally. Our teaching is informed by our research findings, which means that Southampton students benefit from the latest knowledge and current thinking in each academic area.

Social Sciences has an international reputation for cutting-edge methodologies, ranging from advanced quantitative methodologies in social statistics through to expertise in in-depth qualitative methods and digital innovations . Our academics are at the forefront in conducting research that 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.


Our divisions



Politics & International Relations

Social Statistics & Demography

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Inspiring research

Our research continues to anticipate and respond to UK and global trends

Read about our research

Inspiring teaching

Celebrating 50 years of Social Sciences our graduates have gone on to rewarding careers

Hear from our students

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