Social and Policy Studies

We have long been recognised as an international centre of academic excellence and for our cutting-edge interdisciplinary work.

Why choose to study social and policy studies with us?

We have a leading reputation

100% of Social Work and Social Policy Research rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014)
6th in the UK for Sociology (Times Good University Guide 2019)
4th in the UK for Social Policy and Administration (Guardian University Guide 2019)
6th in the UK for Sociology (Complete University Guide 2019)
Top 50 in the world for Communication and Media Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018)
Jack Joyce

Jack Joyce

PhD Student

It is renowned for outstanding Social Science research with world-leading researchers. It regularly features in the top 5 for student experience and does well in other metrics too.

This is reflected in the quality of our degree

...and our research opportunities

You'll be immersed in a rich learning environment, delivered by experts

Our programmes provide training in digital culture, media, communications, sociological and anthropological theory, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods.

We offer a rich variety of taught postgraduate master’s programmes relating to media, communication and culture. The courses are delivered by an internationally-renowned interdisciplinary team, through the use of contemporary case studies and research-informed applied teaching and learning. These courses provide training in media, communications, digital culture, sociological, anthropological, theory, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods.

Lou Tompkins

Lou Tompkins

Media and Cultural Analysis MA

When I found the Media and Cultural Analysis course I knew that it was exactly what I wanted to do. I love the variety of topics that we cover and the lecturers are so friendly and willing to help.

You'll join a lively research community

We have a lively community of postgraduate students, taught by an internationally renowned interdisciplinary team, through the use of contemporary case studies and research-informed applied teaching and learning.

Strong industry links = better career prospects for our students

Graduates from the department go into the television industry, marketing, academia, publishing, plus many more industries. They work for companies and organisations such as China Development Research Foundation, Elsevier Ltd, Image Line communication, Institute of Psychiatry, Metropolitan Police Service, Oxfam and X-Pert Med GmbH.

There are lots of extra-curricular activities for you to get involved with

We have a variety of clubs and societies for you to get involved with outside of your studies. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people who share similar interests to you! If you enjoy engaging in stimulating conversation about topical and social issues that affect students and young people then our Think Tank Society could be for you. Our TEDx Society is also popular if you are interested in a platform for discussing powerful debates that provide diverse food for thought.

You'll have access to facilities across campus

Our extensive range of first-class facilities are designed to help you throughout your studies and fully-equip you for your future endeavours.

Our superb campus is one of the largest single-site, green campuses in the UK, yet we still have a friendly and inclusive community that includes over 4000 postgraduate students.

You will have use of spacious study areas, well-equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment. You will also have access to our library, which has excellent learning resources and additional workshops that are free for you to attend to develop your critical thinking skills and approach to academic reading throughout your postgraduate studies. Also available on campus is a bank, a Medical Centre and physiotherapist, grocery stores, a cycle shop, a parcel service, a pharmacy and an opticians. The local bus service links the University with the town centre and railway station, and students can ride for free across campus.