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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Our teaching excellence and real-world experience encourage wider thinking. We help our students realise their potential and make a positive impact on society.

Our academic departments

Our six academic departments are research active and teach our portfolio of courses.

Department of Economics

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We conduct high quality research and teaching in economics. Our graduates have excellent employment prospects due to our established industry placements scheme.

Department of Education

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We conduct research and teach courses to further our understanding of a range of education-related issues nationally and internationally.

Department for Health

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We deliver highly-rated courses in sport, exercise and health, alongside research to promote wellbeing and enhance functional performance.

Department of Psychology

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A large and growing team of staff offers expertise in a broad spectrum of psychology topics, which allows our students to work across traditional boundaries.

Upcoming events

Join us for one of our course webinars, virtual open days or in-person events.

MA Education & PGCiE webinar

5 Mar 2024 11.00am Online

Join our webinar to find out all you need to know about our MA Education and PG Certificate in International Education, and ask any questions you may have.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Much of the research from across our six departments was classified as 4* or 3* in REF 2021, meaning it is ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’. REF assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Explore our REF 2021 results and research

Our research

Our research contributes to improving the world around us.

Research with Impact

Research from our Departments makes an impact all over the world.

Growing our future sports stars with biobanding

Learn how our research is helping to level the playing field, uncover hidden talent, reduce injuries and support the stars of the future.

Investigating Big Tobacco's influence on public health

Our research is helping to reduce smoking and save lives by informing public policies, including via the introduction of standardised packaging for cigarettes.

Find out more about Research with Impact at Bath
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Learn and develop beyond the classroom

Many of our students do a placement or project with a real-world organisation as part of their degree. For undergraduate language students, there's also the opportunity to work or study abroad during Year 3.

Vertically Integrated Projects

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs) are innovative research-based projects that enable students and staff to collaborate on long-term real-world issues.

Student stories

Find out what it's like to study with us from some of our students and graduates.

My award-winning placement at IBM

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Simona Koleva, who won the ‘Best Placement Student’ prize at the NUE Awards 2022, talks about studying BSc (Hons) Economics and Politics and her ambitions.


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About us

We offer a diverse range of undergraduate courses covering economics, education, psychology, policy and languages. We also offer a variety of taught and research-based postgraduate courses, from master's to doctorate qualifications.

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