Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Mineral wealth and rural livelihoods in post-war Sierra Leone: Where does artisanal mining fit in?

Dr Roy Maconachie investigates the role of artisanal mining in post-war Sierra Leone.

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Jordan has become the West’s warehouse for Iraqi refugees

Jason Hart reports on why Jordan has played such an important role for refugees.

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What is Social Policy?

Find out more about the benefits of studying a degree in social policy.

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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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Research student insight

Tim is conducting a research project that investigates children's experiences of schooling in Rwanda.

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Queen's Anniversary Prize

Our department was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our ‘Influential research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people’.

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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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Missed the Open Day?

Student and visitors talking at the Open Day

Don’t worry, you can still visit our University as part of our Mini Open Day on the 29 October.

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.

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