Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Gender and Fairtrade film nominated for top award

A film produced by Dr Roy Maconachie and Simon Wharf has been nominated for a prestigious British Universities Film and Video Council Learning on Screen Award 2017.

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Anniversary showcase shines spotlight on future of social work

In the lead up to World Social Work Day, this event will celebrate the achievements of our graduates and point to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for social care, policy and practice in the years to come.

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Fostering Hope shortlisted for national public engagement award

An innovative research project designed to shift public perceptions about fostering unaccompanied child refugees has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for public engagement.

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Why Trump’s male chauvinism appeals to some voters more than others

Donald Trump's popularity despite his chauvinism is an ugly reminder that economic inequality and gender inequality go hand-in-hand.

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Welfare and migration expert gives evidence in European Parliament

Dr Emma Carmel gave expert evidence this week in the European Parliament at Tuesday’s Committee hearing on the obstacles to freedom of movement for EU citizens.

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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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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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Upcoming Events

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:

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View our blog about research, activities and impact in the department.

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