Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Breathing new life into the funeral business

A failure to innovate could mean the death of the traditional industry.

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After the Referendum: Picking up the bits, by Professor Graham Room

Professor Graham Room has written for the Institute for Policy Research blog about the impact of Brexit.

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Why we need to find a cure for ‘social death’

Jana Králová has written an article for The Conversation on her research into social death.

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Career advice from our alumni

We invited our masters alumni back to Bath to talk about how their degree has helped their career and share international development and policy career advice.

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Are loopholes and shadow lobbyists endangering Poland’s healthcare?

As Poland announces plans to create a British-style NHS, one priority should be to address blurred boundaries between public bureaucracies, politicians and industry providers such as pharmaceutical companies.

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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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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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