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The University of Southampton
Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Postgraduate study

Economic, Social & Political 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). Our research environment offers 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.


Examining the opportunities and challenges for older people, and how they differ across the world.


Learn how to use Bloomberg terminals in your first year. Economics also has an experimental laboratory to carry out behavioural economics experiments.

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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.

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.

Research facts

We host several internationally significant research centres.

Research opportunities are available in 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 department.

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