Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world

Why study with us?

Our School is dedicated to excellence and innovation in teaching and research. We are consistently ranked highly by our own students in the National Student Survey for the quality of their experience.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) gave our School the highest rating possible for our research environment.

The following are just 10 of the many reasons why students choose to study with us.


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The Medway experience

Reason 1 - High staff:student ratio

We maintain an excellent staff-student ratio meaning you are generally taught in small groups and have real access to your lecturers.

Reason 2 - Highly trained teaching staff

You are taught by highly trained staff who are world experts in their fields and often feature in the media.

Reason 3 - Wide range of options

As a multidisciplinary School, we can offer an unparalleled range of module options in your chosen subject as well as related and complementary subject areas. This ensures that you benefit from academic breadth as well as depth.

Reason 4 - Excellent pastoral care

We provide excellent pastoral care. Staff at all levels are friendly, approachable and deeply invested in the success of our students.

Reason 5 - Support for disabled students

You can read about how we support students with disabilities on the Student Support web pages. Our School is committed to providing the right support for you.

Reason 6 - Student representation

We listen to students and respond to their suggestions. Students are represented on our committees, ensuring that student needs are kept at the top of our agenda.

Reason 7 - Great employment prospects

A majority of our graduates are in work or further study within 6 months of graduating (see Unistats for data by course). Our School is committed to enhancing the employability of our students.

Reason 8 - Facilities for the best student experience

You have access to great facilities including sports centres, theatre and cinema, centre for music performance, clubs and societies, bars, cafes and night clubs, helping to make your student experience enjoyable as well as intellectually stimulating and productive.

Reason 9 - Highly ranked in league tables

Our School has been ranked as one of the top centres for social science in the UK since league tables began. You are taught by lecturers who write the books and articles that shape the disciplines you are learning.

Reason 10 - Wide range of resources

The additional resources that we enjoy as a result of our research success means that we have a vibrant culture of specialist seminars, workshops and conferences that are open to our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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: 22/02/2018