Social and Policy Studies

Whether it is crime, poverty and social exclusion or issues relating to racism, gender discrimination, identity or oppression, our students are inquisitive and passionate about understanding the problems that face individuals and communities in modern societies.

Guided by our team of expert scholars, the Social and Policy Studies courses allow students to question the world around them and to draw on classic and contemporary theories and methods to understand, explain and respond to the challenges faced in times of change and uncertainty.

Why choose Social and Policy Studies at Loughborough?

Our students enjoy a lively and innovative teaching and learning environment in one of the country’s top Schools of Social Science. Covering a number of social science disciplines, we pride ourselves in offering a supportive and inspiring environment in which to explore and understand the latest developments faced by our societies.

Our courses are taught by expert academics who are leaders in their respective fields. This approach means our courses are underpinned by the latest developments in research and applied learning techniques.

We are 4th in the UK for Social Policy & Administration (Guardian 2019)
6th in the UK for Sociology (Times 2019)

Our courses give you the opportunity to blend a range of fascinating modules to suite your own passions and interests

Whilst receiving a thorough training in your chosen subject, our courses allows you to select topics that interest you from across the social sciences. Our students become versed in a broad range of current debates and learn to question and explain social issues from different perspectives.

You'll experience a rich and varied learning environment

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 in their chosen areas of interest. All our students gain a advanced training in social research methods and learn to conduct their own research into topics that fascinate them.

You'll have the opportunity to go on a professional placement or study abroad for a year

All our courses offer the opportunity complete a year on placement or studying at a partner university overseas. Our students secure placements in organisations from across the public and private sector. In the workplace they apply the theories and methods learnt during their course to real-world situations.

93% of our recent graduates are in employment or further study

93% of our recent graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017). Our courses are very flexible in terms of the variety of optional subject modules. They open doors to a wide range of professions. As a result, students can adapt their degree to reflect their interests.

Previous students have graduated into 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.


I hope to pursue a career within Human Capital Management and Entrepreneurship. My degree has equipped me with relevant skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills.

Eunice BSc Sociology with Criminology