School of Sociology and Social Policy

Postgraduate open day

Join us on Friday 8 February 2019 and find out more about studying for a Masters or research degree.

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School of Sociology and Social Policy

The School of Sociology and Social Policy (SSP) is a community where through our teaching, research and public engagement, we try to make a difference to society. 

Studying with us

We're living in times of dramatic social, political and economic change, nationally, internationally and globally. Studying a social science degree couldn't be more exciting or timely.

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As an undergraduate, you’ll be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of society and social inequalities and how to affect change.

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You’ll be joining a community of some of the brightest and most ambitious graduate students from all over the world. You'll benefit from research-led teaching from the people who are recognised as experts in their field.

Student studying a research degree

By studying for a research degree within the School of Sociology and Social Policy, you will become a key member of this academic research community, experiencing a supportive, stimulating and challenging research environment.


Our reputation

Top 5

in the UK for social policy

The Guardian University League Tables, 2019


for student experience

Times Higher Education Survey, 2018


in the UK for the impact of research

Research Excellence Framework, 2014

Our academic team is formed by a diverse group of experts who are dedicated to having a positive impact on society through their research and teaching.


Our research informs policy and practice. Find out about the current research projects taking place within the School.


Upcoming events

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24 Jan

The formation of social class structure through Argentina's history

12.21/25 Social Sciences Building | 12:00 - 13:30

30 Jan

Research Culture Seminar: Ann Phoenix - Masculinities in New Times

12.21/25 Social Sciences Building | 12:00 - 13:30

31 Jan

Corporate Wisdom – Future of the Corporation

Maurice Keyworth Auditorium (G.02) | 17:00 - 19:00

08 Feb

Postgraduate open day

University of Leeds | 10:00 - 15:00

23 Feb

Open day: BA Social Science (extended degree) - Saturday 23 February

12.21/25 Social Sciences Building | 10:00 - 15:00