Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world

  • Times rankings image
    Criteria used includes research quality, job prospects, student satisfaction, quality of teaching and the wider university experience
  • CUG rankings
    See for details
  • gender symposium
    This symposium asks what significance explorations of the sensory have for contemporary analysis of gender, sex and sexuality. See 'News and events' or email for information
  • Three recently published books by SSPSSR academics
  • WAF project workshop
  • PGT Loans
    For details go to

World-leading research

Our School is recognised worldwide for producing excellent research and was ranked 2nd for research power, 3rd for research intensity and 5th for both research impact and research quality (GPA) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).


We are a multi-disciplinary School committed to providing world-class and innovative degree programmes and research.

Our academic staff work within a variety of intellectual and research traditions and are actively engaged in current research projects. An impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF 2014, with 99% of the research submitted judged to be of international quality.

We provide a supportive environment for students interested in a wide range of social science subjects.

Please browse our pages to find out more and contact us if you have any questions.

What is social science? ESRC explains.

Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 24/04/2017