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The School of Sociology and Social Policy is a multidisciplinary unit comprised of 30 research active staff and 12 support staff. The School is led by the Head of School, Professor Saul Becker and the School Executive Group, supported by a series of committees.
Members of the School are closely involved in the national and international scholarly community and many have very high international reputations in their fields. Research funding has been secured from a range of sources including ESRC, EPSRC, ESF, Leverhulme, Nuffield, the Community Fund and the Ford Foundation as well as government departments, local authorities and charities. The School encourages intellectual curiosity, original thought and engagement with outside organisations. It seeks to exploit the synergy which arises from the School’s multidisciplinarity and the interface between the disciplines and applied research and policy making, while also valuing and encouraging basic, theory-driven research and scholarship. The School’s five Research Centres (Child and Family Research Centre; Centre for Wellbeing, Health and Social Care; Identity, Citizenship and Migration Research Centre; International Centre for Public and Social Policy; Centre for Trauma Resilience and Growth) provide a focus and stimulus for multidisciplinary research activity and collaboration across the School. The School is also closely involved with the Institute for Mental Health and the Centre for Social Research in Health and Health Care. Weekly research seminars offer opportunities for staff and research students to share in and contribute to colleagues’ work in progress and to enjoy presentations from external speakers of national and international standing.
We are committed to providing teaching and supervision of the highest quality. The School currently teaches 450 undergraduate students on single honours undergraduate programmes in Sociology, Cultural Sociology and Social Policy as well as joint honours programmes in Sociology and Social Policy, Social Work and Social Policy and Film Studies and Cultural Sociology. Approximately 185 students are registered for postgraduate taught programmes in Research Methods (ESRC Recognised), Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights, Migration and Transnationalism, Social Policy and Administration, Social Work, Public Policy and Public Administration, Trauma Studies, and Therapeutic Work with Children. Of these, 127 students are registered on programmes delivered by the Centre for Social Work.
The School’s 34 full- and part-time postgraduate research students make a very significant contribution to the School’s research culture. We have attracted studentships from a range of funders including ESRC (including CASE), MRC, ESRC/MRC, CIHR, ORS, government departments and charities. Joint supervision of research students offers early career staff the opportunity to gain skills in effective supervision by working alongside more experienced colleagues.
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MA/PGDip Criminology incorporates sociology, law, psychology, geography, history, and cultural and media studies. It reflects the nature of criminology as a fast-developing, interdisciplinary subject concerned with understanding crime in its local, regional, national and international contexts. Read more
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Focused on critical issues and key developments relating to public policy, this course examines globalisation, Europeanisation, governance and policy analysis and evaluation. With the current developments around the world, this is one of the most exciting times to be studying the public sector, governance and government, and the delivery of services to meet people's needs. Read more
This course will give you a thorough preparation for a rewarding and challenging career as a social worker. The role of social worker is a position of privilege that enables you to collaborate with people who need your help, and to empower them to transform their lives. Read more