Department of Social & Policy Sciences

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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How do we stop terrorism? Stop committing terrorism

Professor David Miller has written an article for The National examining fear.

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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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Implications of dignity for international development highlighted at major conference

Dr Séverine Deneulin was a major contributor at the second international Human Dignity and Human Development Conference, part of a multi-year research initiative.

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Opinion blog: Giving our children equal opportunities

A generation of children are growing up with a starker divergence in opportunities than ever before: a trend that will take its toll on every aspect of their adult life.

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Natalie Booth (BSc Sociology)

“Personally, what ultimately attracted me to study at Bath was the opportunity to take a placement year. For me, the placement experience is unique, exciting and an extremely challenging year.”

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Apply for our 50th Anniversary Prize Fellowships

We're looking for early career researchers with the potential to become research leaders. Find out if you're eligible for the scheme and how to apply. 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 programme.

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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 programme.

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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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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences