Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Families separated by bars – the home truths about sending mothers to prison

It is time to think more widely about prison reform, not only for the imprisoned mothers, but their children and family members who are also serving a punishing sentence outside the prison gates.

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More education won’t necessarily make you richer, new research reveals

The new study, by Dr Matt Dickson, with collaborator Dr Franz Buscha, examines for the first time in the UK, the relationship between wages and education over the entire life-cycle.

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New film documents impacts of Fairtrade for female farmers in Ghana

A new film by Dr Roy Maconachie highlights the impacts of Fairtrade for female cocoa-producers in Ghana and illustrates the significant challenges which remain in promoting greater gender equality in agriculture.

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Researchers reimagine the future cemetery at Arnos Vale

How will the dead be disposed of and remembered in years to come? Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation tackled the challenge set by the Centre for Death and Society.

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How can we embed climate change across Uni of Bath curriculum?

Our academics joined in a nation-wide initiative Global Climate Change Week to bring climate change into their teaching ahead of the Paris UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) taking palce this week.

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Want to know what makes people tick? Study social science

Staff and students from our department are featured in an article for The Guardian about the value of social sciences.

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Apply for our PhD studentship: Welfare states in transition

We welcome applications for a full-time three-year PhD University studentship commencing in October 2016. Read More


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Undergraduate study

Social Work

Dr Louise Brown and current students discuss the BSc Social Work and Applied Social Studies course.

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Our students

Rosie Fisher

I have been able to pursue my interest in development issues which is an element of freedom I see as vital to my degree.

- Rosie Fisher (BSc Sociology and Social Policy)

Postgraduate study

Studying an MRes

Dr Sean Cumming and current students Jolanthe de Koning and Benjamin Bowman discuss the MRes course.

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Research degrees

Research degrees

We have opportunities for students interested in undertaking a research degree.

Our Departmental research is focused on the disciplines of social policy, sociology, social work and international development.

We also work closely with the Institute for Policy Research to deliver the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice.

Researching a PhD

Research student Juan Pablo Ferrero talks about his PhD in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.

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Research student insights

Jana Kralova

Jana is conducting research into social death alongside staff from the Centre for Death & Society.

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Our world-leading research has influenced policy and practice at both national and international levels. Our research themes are:

Research blog

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View our blog about research, activities and impact in the department.

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