School of Social Sciences and Humanities

At a glance

Academic excellence

  • 1st in the UK for Media & Film Studies / Communication & Media Studies
    (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • 1st in the UK for Criminology
    (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 4 in the UK for Sociology
    (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 4 in the UK for Social Policy
    (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • 6th in the UK for Politics
    (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • 8th in the UK for English
    (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)

A great place to study

  • 8 of our undergraduate subject areas had overall student satisfaction of 90% or more
    (National Student Survey 2019)
  • 1st in the UK (100%) for overall satisfaction in Sociology
    (National Student Survey 2019)

A vibrant academic community

  • Over 100 lecturers and researchers supported by 40 members of support staff, with outstanding gender and career representation
  • Offering 22 undergraduate and 7 postgraduate degree courses, the Language Centre, and home to over 100 research postgraduates

An ambitious and growing School

  • 2nd largest School in the University by applications
  • 3rd largest School in the University by student numbers
  • Applications (UG & PG) up by over 17% 2014-17

Research excellence

  • Communication and Media Studies research is ranked 2nd in the UK
    (REF2014 - GPA x Volume)
  • Top 50 in the World for Communication & Media Studies
    (QS World Rankings 2019)
  • Work in the Centre for Research in Social Policy underpins calculation of the Living Wage

International in our reach

  • 4,000 active alumni in 89 countries around the world
  • Over 50 students on work and study placement abroad in 18 countries

Investing in our people and facilities

  • Budget of over £22m with major recent investment in the Geography building (£2m)
  • Investment in 13% more staff 2014-17
  • The University’s first senior Excellence 100 Chair and Reader in New Media and Political Communication