Research degrees

Social and Policy Studies at Loughborough University has an outstanding reputation as an international centre of academic excellence and for its cutting edge interdisciplinary work.

Social and Policy Studies is home to world-leading, original and internationally excellent research in sociology, criminology and social policy.

Our world-class research focuses on 5 key areas: children, young people and families; applied criminal justice; intersectionalities and citizenship; digital and health technologies; and consumption, culture and inequalities.
The School supports a lively community of 110 postgraduates working closely with 80 specialist supervisors who conduct research at the cutting-edge of developments in their fields.


for Social Policy & Administration
(Guardian 2020)


of research rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'
(REF 2014)


for Sociology
(Times 2019)