Department of Social & Policy Sciences

What is Social Policy?

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

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Bad social policy, not ideology, is to blame for the Arab world’s downward spiral

Dr Rana Jawad comments on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in her article in The Conversation.

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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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Research student insight

Tim is conducting a research project that investigates children's experiences of schooling in Rwanda.

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Queen's Anniversary Prize

Our department was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our ‘Influential research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people’.

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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:

Research blog

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

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Research students showcase their projects

Students and staff recently attended a showcase of postgraduate student's work.

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