Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Lessons in international development from Bath alumna

Bath graduate José Sluijs-Doyle delivered the latest in a series of talks for our Centre for Development Studies focusing on the role small NGOs can play in development.

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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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Video: Policy and changing families

View a film presented by Professor Lynn Prince Cooke about our research surrounding the changing families and the new household models.

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Research student insight

Janan is researching the Roles of Shi’a Civil society organisations in Iraq post 2003.

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Video: Queen's Anniversary Prize

This film showcases some of the work on influential applied research into child poverty and support for vulnerable families.

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Undergraduate study

Programme overview

Prof David Miller and Leah Wild provide an overview of the sociology and social policy programmes.

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Open Days

Students on campus

The best way to visit the University of Bath and discover what it is like to study with us is by attending one of our Open Days.

Postgraduate study

Studying an MRes

Student Giles Green talks about studying the Masters of Research 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


Ricardo has been conducting research on ‘neoliberal’ social policy reforms and their impact on the welfare of Mexican families. Read more »



Our world-leading research has influenced policy and practice at both national and international levels. Our research themes are:

Queen’s Anniversary Prize


We have been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the country’s most prestigious national recognition for a UK academic or vocational institution.

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Spring placement blog summary

Once again several of our placement students have been blogging about their professional and social experiences on their placement years.

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