Department of Social & Policy Sciences

IPR welcomes first cohort onto new Professional Doctorate

The cohort includes policy makers working in the UN, the Canadian International Development Research Centre, RenewableUK, Oxfam GB as well as the Gwent Police.

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Sri Lanka’s election thwarts Rajapaksa and sets the scene for deeper reform

Sri Lanka's authoritarian former president failed to persuade his country to have him back. Could it herald a new era of progress?

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Social mobility: why does private school give you such a leg up?

Private school graduates earn more and are more likely to get top professional jobs. It has a lot to do with their grades.

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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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National recognition for postgraduate student

Third year PhD student Rita Griffiths is celebrating having been awarded the highly-prestigious 'Best Postgraduate Paper 2015' award presented by the Social Policy Association.

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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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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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