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Social science

Why study social science?

Social science is a broad term for subject areas that involve the study of human society and individual relationships in and to society. These subject areas include applied psychology, sociology, social policy and politics.

Undergraduate courses in social science

At undergraduate level we offer the following social science degree:

This course allows you to choose from a wide range of modules from across each of these subject areas. It is a very flexible, allowing you to tailor the degree towards your own social science interests, studying as broad or as narrow a mix of subjects as you prefer. This course will develop your academic and transferable skills. In particular, you can expect to become a skilled reader, writer and debater with enhanced analysis skills and of critical and creative thinking.

Our social science degree enables students to acquire the essential research skills needed for investigating experience and behaviour. They are supported in developing the ability to conduct research independently.

Placement opportunities

There are also opportunities for international study on our exchange programme, and to undertake a community-based placement in year 2 or 3.

Masters courses in social science

This unique course provides social science graduates from any discipline with the opportunity to extend their research skills to advanced postgraduate level, and to execute an extended piece of academic research in collaboration with a research active member of academic staff.



"The best part of the course is that it covers such a wide range of subjects, I have not only learnt about psychology, but sociology, economics and aspects of care. I really enjoyed the applied psychology module I completed last term."

Virginia Silberberg, Social Science BA(Hons)