Undergraduate study


Social Sciences study area

Social Sciences

Ranked 2nd for social policy in the Guardian University Guide 2015

Why choose Social Sciences at Loughborough?

Our students enjoy a lively and innovative teaching and learning environment in one of the country’s very top Social Science departments, supported by excellent library and computing facilities.

Our courses cover a number of social science disciplines and we pride ourselves in supporting and nurturing a high-class teaching and learning environment.

Our courses are taught by our world renowned academics, leaders in their fields whose research informs all teaching. This approach means our courses are underpinned by the latest developments in research, and applied learning techniques.

Teaching and resources

We received an excellent 23/24 rating in the Quality Assurance Agency review of our teaching and resources.


Our staff are active in research, and this large Department continues to perform excellently in the national Research Assessment Exercise, indicating the international renown of the its scholarship and research. Twenty-five percent of its research output is officially described as world-leading.

Study methods

A mixture of lectures, practical classes and tutorials offer a range of learning experiences to ensure our students acquire a thorough grounding in social science disciplines, as well as advanced understanding of their chosen areas of interest.


All of our courses provide you with the opportunity to further your language study in French, Spanish or German. Mandarin is available for beginners. A wide range of extra curricula language classes are also available.

Career prospects

Over 96% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Our courses are very flexible in terms of the variety of optional subject modules, opening doors to a wide range of professions. As a result, students can adapt their degree to reflect their interests.
This leads them into graduate and entry level opportunities across the public, private and voluntary sectors, with careers in industry, education, health and social care, advertising and public relations to name but a few.

Professional placement year and study abroad

We encourage students to undertake study abroad or work placements. Further details can be found on individual course pages.