Department of Social & Policy Sciences

New guidelines to support people bereaved through alcohol or drugs

Today sees the launch of a set of practice guidelines aimed at providing meaningful support to people who have lost a relative or friend to alcohol or drugs.

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Greece woes show how the politics of debt failed Europe

Dr Theo Papadopoulos comments on the politics of debt in Europe.

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Religion and Social Welfare in the Middle East

Dr Rana Jawad presents an overview of her research and advocates that social protection in the MENA region needs to look beyond short-term social safety nets and employment-based social security.

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Understanding conflict in the contemporary world

A major event hosted this week at the University will bring together leading names in the field of conflict, terrorism and radicalisation studies to consider how research and advocacy can best respond to contemporary global security challenges.

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What is development about in an unequal world?

To mark 40 years of our Centre for Development Studies (CDS), researchers, students past and present, and partners came together in a public event to reflect on the reasons and solutions to seemingly ever-rising global income inequality.

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Hope for change as people mobilise against violence in Mexico’s mid-term elections

As Mexico limbers up for a national poll, its neglected and corrupt institutions are unable to curb a terrible wave of violence.

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REF2014 results recognise world-leading research environment

The results of the REF2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.

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What is Sociology?

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

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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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New postgraduate bursaries available!

We are offering over 90 bursaries for students on taught master's courses starting in September 2015. Read More


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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