Study of Social Policy gives students a wide-ranging critical perspective on social services and their delivery. Graduates often go on to have successful careers in the public sector - working in local or central government, analysis and formulating policy or managing key services – or in third sector organisations who exist to achieve social aims.
As an interdisciplinary subject, Social Policy draws on tools, technique and modes of analysis many other social science disciplines. Students gain a firm grounding in research and analytical methods, drawing on perspectives and practices from history, sociology, anthropology, economics, law, economics and politics.
Graduates find they strengthen their skills in qualitive and quantitative research, data analysis, communication, presentation and academic writing. These are transferable skills much-valued by employers in the public, private and third sectors.
Ranked number one in the United Kingdom for Social Policy in 2021, our experts contribute towards responding to challenges in society by shaping policy and practice. 51% of our School of Social Work & Social Policy’s research is rated as world-leading.
We offer opportunities at undergraduate and postgraduate level.