The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the best in the country for teaching and research. Our academics are internationally recognised for their expertise in sociological theory and our wide ranging research gives you the opportunity to study diverse areas ranging from street culture to terrorism.Our degree programme
In your first year, you study the fundamentals of sociological thinking. As your understanding develops, you examine the workings of the social institutions that govern people's lives, assessing their impact on individuals and society as a whole. You can also choose optional modules on criminology, modern culture or social policy.
In your second and final years, you extend your knowledge of sociological theory and social research methods. The varied expertise in the School means we are able to offer optional modules that include explorations of childhood, environmentalism, gender, political change, crime, race, violence and work, among others. This means that you can choose to study areas of particular interest to you or that relate directly to your career choice.
Throughout your degree, our academics challenge you to develop your own opinions and ideas, and encourage you to become an independent thinker. We offer high levels of support and our staff are friendly and accessible.Student view
Kent student Charlotte talks about her course at the University of Kent.
You can choose to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. See Course structure for full details.Extra activities
The Social Studies Society is run by Kent students for anyone with an interest in criminology, sociology, law, social policy, economics and politics.
There are events available throughout the year for students from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. These may include:
- research seminars and webcasts
- career development workshops
- informal lectures by guest experts followed by group discussion.