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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

REF 2014: Social Sciences soar in world-leading research to top 5

Published: 18 December 2014

Social Sciences has performed well in specific Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) with our research environment we offer in Criminology, Demography, Gerontology and Sociology rated 100% world-leading. It is also ranked in the Top 5 in the country.*

Politics and International Relations has also leaped in the rankings to 15th in the country and performed well with research outputs ranking 5th in the UK, with the majority of research classified as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Much of our Social Sciences research is carried out in our specialist research centres. Academics work across traditional boundaries, sharing expertise, to address some of society's most pressing issues. Read more about our research and impact case studies

The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top research universities, ranking 11th for the volume of its high quality research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The REF rated 84 per cent of Southampton’s overall research activity as world-leading and internationally excellent.

* Social Policy Unit of Assessment 22

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