Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Research impact

We have an excellent record of impact from our research with young people, families, welfare, and poverty.

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Impact of social policy in MENA region on agenda

International partners from our IPR MENA (Middle East & North Africa) Network convened at the end of November for a major conference to discuss social policy issues affecting the MENA region.

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Why we need to talk about death

A new report released today shows that almost half of Britons would feel uncomfortable talking to someone who has been recently bereaved. Professor Tony Walter has spoken about the importance of talking about death, dying and grief.

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Hunt for missing students goes on as citizen rage grips Mexico

The 43 missing students have become a symbol of society’s struggle for peace and justice as the country demands an end to violence and corruption by both criminals and the state.

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What is Sociology?

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

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Brainwashing and radicalisation don’t explain why young people join violent causes

Dr Jason Hart discusses how these terms limit our understanding of why young people are mobilised and hinders intelligent debate about the wider changes needed to prevent it.

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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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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.

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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