Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Students and staff in the Department


We offer a range of high quality postgraduate programmes that all build strongly on our research activities, especially in:

  • international development
  • social policy
  • social work
  • sociology.

Alumni talk about their experience at the University of Bath, how their masters degree has helped their career and share career advice.

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We have an excellent reputation for cutting edge research and innovative teaching. Our staff collaborate with a wide range of public and private organisations locally, nationally, and across the world.

Our postgraduate student community is international in both origin and outlook. Most students already have a relevant first degree in the social sciences, but we also welcome those switching from other fields if they have relevant experience and career goals.

Further information about funding opportunities and guidance on making an application can be found on the postgraduate study webpages.


Master of Science

Current students and Director of Studies Dr Roy Machonachie talk about studying the MSc in International Development, the placement opportunities on the programme and life in Bath.

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We offer the following Master of Science programmes:

Master of Research

Student Giles Green talks about studying an MRes programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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We offer the following Master of Research programmes:

Research degrees

We have five key research themes, but academic staff support research across an even wider range of topics in line with their own research expertise and experience.

We also work closely with the Institute for Policy Research to deliver the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice.