Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Britain’s Young Are On The Wrong Side Of A Great Unfairness

Young people today now fear they will be the first post-war generation not to have a substantially improved lot in life compared to their parents.

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University film scoops Higher Education Oscar

An in-house University film documenting the realities of life for female farmers in Ghana, scooped a top national award at the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC): Learning on Screen Awards 2017, held at the British Film Institute in London.

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UNICEF database project to map MENA expertise

A new collaboration launched recently between the University and UNICEF will help to create a new, publicly accessible database of experts in social policy for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to help improve policy responses.

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Anniversary showcase shines spotlight on future of social work

This event celebrated the achievements of our graduates and pointed to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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'In both the US and UK, social workers can heal society's deep divisions' (the guardian) >

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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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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Latest News

Fostering hope research project goes from Bristol to Sydney

Dr Justin Rogers talks about Fostering Hope research project on Australian TV.

Justin Rogers from our department delivered a keynote presentation in Australia on shifting perceptions of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in foster care.

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:

Research blog

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

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