Department of Social & Policy Sciences

One of the UK's leading centres for social sciences, we offer degrees in sociology, social policy, social work, international development and criminology.

Study sociology, social policy, social work, international development and criminology

Find out about our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, funding opportunities and how you can apply.

Our research and people

Our research brings together insights and approaches from social policy, sociology, social work, international development studies and criminology.

What next for UK aid?

Sailors and Marines aboard an aircraft for humanitarian assistance

Watch a video recording of our recent IPR - CDS event which focused on the question ‘where next for UK aid post-Brexit?’

Upcoming events

See our upcoming events.

Thinking positively about a PhD

21 Mar 2019 1.15pm Chancellors' Building, 3.10, University of Bath

This seminar will address the highs and lows of studying for a PhD as well as experiences and lessons learned.


Our latest news and updates.

India Winter School in New Delhi

Group of students and academic staff pose in front of University of Bath banners

University of Bath’s first India Winter School, run by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, took place at Lady Shri Ram College on 14-21 December 2018.

Awards and accolades

Our awards, rankings and reputation.

About the Department of Social & Policy Sciences

With a reputation for cutting-edge research and innovative teaching, we focus on international development, social policy and death studies, and offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sociology, social policy and international development.

Academic staff provide learning experiences including tutorials, debates, seminars, guided reading, online discussion groups, placements and lectures.

3 East University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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