Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Zero hours and temp jobs are no help to ‘hardworking people’

The government's commitment to boosting employment is undermined by the proliferation of harsh and insecure temporary jobs with no long-term prospects.

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Why single mothers are more likely to get ill when they get older

New research shows how complex the effect of lone parenting can be, even after children have grown up.

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Opinion blog: Restoring trust in politics

Voter apathy, Scottish Nationalism, UKIP, the Green surge are all, in some respects, symptoms of mistrust in the political establishment and its main parties.

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Opinion blog: Europe has finally woken up to migrant deaths in the Med – but can it deliver a united response?

There is evidence to support the idea that this time the political response in the EU might be different comes from several sources.

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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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Research impact

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

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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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