Social Sciences

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Social Sciences

Sociology ranked 1st in the UK for research quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Join our world

As a student studying our BSc programme in Social Sciences, you are based at the University of Kent's Medway campus. You explore how society works and how social change happens. You address these issues from diverse disciplinary perspectives including sociology, psychology, social policy, social history, criminology and urban geography. In doing so, you acquire key methodological tools to analyse and research key issues such as social class, poverty, health, crime and urban change.

Teaching is research-led and you are taught by academics who are internationally recognised for their expertise in social sciences. Our research shapes national and international debates across a wide range of areas. The breadth of our expertise means we are able to offer an exciting choice of optional modules.

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research 

At the University of Kent, you study Cultural Studies within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR). SSPSSR has an international reputation for teaching and research. It is consistently ranked among the top four disciplinary centres of its kind in the UK for Sociology. SSPSSR is one of three schools within the Division for the study of Law, Society and Social Justice (LSSJ).

Undergraduate course list

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Teaching and research excellence

Our academics are experts in their field. They are internationally renowned for their world-class teaching, research and publications. They challenge you to develop your own opinions and ideas, and encourage you to become an independent thinker.

Our research expertise includes:

  • Social class, work, community and financialisation
  • ‘Race’, ethnic identity, immigrant adaptation and diasporic communities
  • The sociology of risk, and new social movements 
  • Gender, feminism and sexuality
  • Terrorism and modern society's responses to it
  • The representation of crime in the media 
  • Cyber crime and digital technology
  • Drugs and drug policy
  • Policing and criminal justice

Supportive student environment

Our teaching environment is characterised by high levels of student support. Throughout your degree, our academics challenge you to develop your own opinions and ideas, and encourage you to become an independent thinker. 

Optional modules include an annual Summer School in Urban Ethnography for SSPSSR students. Held in Paris, London or Brussels, you study the principles and practices of ethnography in an urban setting. 

Your future

We're committed to helping you succeed in tomorrow's world. Visit our 'Your future' page to be inspired by the success stories of our SSPSSR alumni. You can also discover the careers support available to you as an SSPSSR student, and explore an exciting range of options for enhancing your employability.

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Reach your potential

Studying social sciences enables you to become a critical thinker. As well as your subject-specific knowledge, you also develop key transferable skills that graduate employers look for such as organisational and research skills, and the ability to analyse problems.

Taking the year in professional practice can also considerably enhance your career prospects, as employers actively seek graduates with relevant work experience.

Our graduates have gone on to work with employers such as:

  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • the NHS
  • the Civil Service
  • local government
  • the Police

Some of our graduates choose to go on to further study at Master’s or PhD level.

Postgraduate studies at SSPSSR

Our School has a long and distinguished history and is one of the largest and most successful social science research communities in Europe. Our postgraduate programmes offer you specialist knowledge in your chosen area and an advanced level of skills. 

Your degree, your way

  • On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
  • Broaden and deepen your interests by attending a range of intellectually stimulating staff/graduate seminars offered across the School 
  • Some programmes can be taken at Diploma or Certificate level before proceeding to Master’s level.