The School of Sociology and Social Policy is home to a close international community of staff and students, all of whom are seeking to make a difference to society. Our academic teaching and public engagement is informed by our broad and active research programme, through which we examine the economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges faced globally.
As a student within the School of Sociology and Social Policy, you'll be taught by experts who are as passionate about social and political thought as you are. Throughout your time with us, you'll be able to take advantage of our excellent study facilities, personal development opportunities, professional support and more.
A degree from the School of Sociology and Social Policy provides an excellent foundation for work in the public and third sectors with careers in social research, charity organisations, think tanks, or in the private sector in a range of business settings. In recent years our graduates have gone on to work in organisations including the National Centre of Social Research, the World Health Organisation, the NHS, Leeds City Council, The Times of India and Women’s Aid.
An undergraduate degree from the School of Sociology and Social Policy offers you the best possible start to your career, providing you with valuable knowledge, skills and experience that will set you up for a successful future.
At undergraduate level, we specialise in the study of sociology, social policy, racism and diversity, disability, and gender.
Our programmes are flexible, meaning you can choose modules that cross discipline boundaries and develop a degree structure that meets your interests and career aspirations.
Postgraduate taught programmes
Whether you want to enhance your career opportunities or continue on to a research degree, a Masters degree can help you stand out. Our postgraduate degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge of a subject, specialise in a particular area or take a new direction. We offer a range of taught Masters programmes in Disability Studies, Gender Studies, Inequalities and Social Sciences, Social and Public Policy, Social and Political Thought, Social Research and Public Administration.
Postgraduate research programmes
We are passionate about research that makes a difference in society, on a local and global level. Building on research strengths and a commitment to inclusive interdisciplinary approaches, we are working together to address some of the most significant challenges of the time. Our work is grouped into six interdisciplinary research centres:
- Centre for Disability Studies (CDS)
- Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS)
- Centre for Research on Families, the Life Course and Generations (FLAG)
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS)
- The Bauman Institute
- Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice (THeSP)