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The School of Social & Political Science provides an intellectually vibrant teaching and research environment, boasting an international community of more than 200 world-class academic staff and 700 postgraduate students.
The School was established to promote a culture of interdisciplinary research and collaboration across various subject areas, research groups and centres. These include the subject areas politics and international relations, social anthropology, social policy, social work, sociology and science, technology and innovation studies; the Centres of Canadian Studies, African Studies and South Asian Studies; and an array of specialist institutes and centres for the study of governance, public policy, global development, the EU, families and relationships, criminal justice, social work and innovation in genomics.
The School is one of Europe’s leading lights for research in the social sciences. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 77% of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent and all of our assessed research units were ranked in the top eight in the UK. Our research has recently attracted large grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, EU Framework Programmes and the Leverhulme Trust, among others.
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The MSc Africa and International Development offers you a unique opportunity to acquire a combination of interdisciplinary, regional expertise of Africa with a critical knowledge of. Read more
UK's top ranked sociology department Our sociology department is the UK’s top-ranked department for sociological research. What will I learn? This programme will provide you with a rigorous introduction to the sociological study of digital society and digital culture. Read more
The challenge of how seven billion can live well on one planet can only be understood and tackled effectively by taking multiple perspectives and drawing on a range of disciplines. Read more
This is a part-time, online programme taking a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the issues around international development and developing your capacity to address them. Read more
This programme explores the issues that shape population health and build the knowledge and skills necessary to address them. Over the course of the last decade, global health has received dramatically increased attention, both as an emergent academic discipline and in terms of heightened policy salience. Read more
The MSc Health Policy will develop your understanding of, and critical engagement with, key challenges in health policy. Both state and non-state actors grapple with how best to promote the health of communities and populations, including the most effective strategies for. Read more
Developed in response to the enormous political challenges facing our changing societies, this programme offers an advanced understanding of the contemporary world, drawing on insights from International Relations as well as. Read more
The MSc in International Development programme offers you an unparalleled opportunity to deepen your understanding and engagement with the most pressing challenges confronting people, communities and institutions in the Global South. Read more
This programme engages critically with international development thinking and practice, and more broadly with processes of social, political and economic transformation around the world, with a specific focus on the low- and middle-income countries. Read more
Covid-19 update As part of the University-wide response to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2021*. Read more