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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.

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

Real research, real impact

Our research contributes to improving the world around us.

What is social science?

By studying a social science, you can gain a better understanding of why the world is the way it is.

Our courses give you the chance to learn about how humans behave, how decisions or systems shape societies, and how to influence these factors.

Some of our staff, students and graduates talk about what social science means to them in our promotional film.

Only by understanding can we hope to bring about change.

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 your third year.

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.

1 West University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom