Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world

  • Lottie wins Guardian Award
    The Centre for Child Protection wins the Guardian Award for Digital Innovation for 'Looking out for Lottie’ – a simulation to tackle online grooming.
  • Video Competition
  • Soc 1st for Research
    Also ranked 11th for graduate prospects in this guide. In the National Student Survey 2015, Sociology is ranked 10th in the UK for student satisfaction.
  • CUG Top Ten for Social Policy
    BA Social Policy achieved a top ten position in the Complete University Guide league tables -
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    Also, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey conducted by HESA, 86% of Kent students graduating with a social work degree in 2014 found a professional job within the field.

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).

Welcome from Head of School,
Professor Sarah Vickerstaff

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.

What is social science? An animated overview courtesy of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)

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Last Updated: 12/05/2016