University of Southampton
Social Sciences at the University of Southampton, is committed to providing first-class teaching and research within the social sciences. Research in Social Sciences has been given excellent ratings in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Across the School, more than 50% of the research was judged to be either internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*).
We offer 17 undergraduate, over 20 postgraduate taught programmes, along with research opportunities across the social sciences, including in: demography, economics, gerontology, global politics, social policy, social work, sociology and statistics. We also offer research training degrees to develop your knowledge of your subject area and provide a broad training in social science methods.
The University of Southampton is one of the UK's top research universities with a global reputation for cutting-edge innovation and enterprise. We are ranked in the top 100 universities in the world one of only 19 UK universities to be so. (The Times Higher Education Supplement, 2009). Southampton has a global reputation for academic excellence, attracting students and researchers from across the world. With over 20,000 students and 5,000 staff, life at the University is lively and exciting. In addition to our six campuses, three major libraries and 20 halls of residence, the University houses a Students' Union building, a state-of-the-art sports complex and three internationally acclaimed arts centres.
Postgraduate taught programmes
Ageing / Gerontology
Politics and International Relations
Sociology and Social Policy
Postgraduate research programmes
PhD opportunities are available in:
Several of our divisions in Social Sciences are amongst the leading departments in the UK in terms of research output and expertise.
Particular strengths in each of our divisions are:
Our expertise has resulted in the development of leading research centres which are located within our School. These include the Centre for Global Health, Population, Policy and Poverty (GHP3); Centre for Citizenship, Globalisation and Governance; Centre for Research on Ageing; Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI); ESRC Centres for Population Change and Third Sector Research, National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); and the Social policy and social work subject centre, Higher Education Academy (SWAP).
Vibrant postgraduate community
Our postgraduate students benefit from an active and stimulating interdisciplinary, academic environment. We encourage our students to participate in our busy schedule of seminars, featuring visiting speakers from other academic institutions. In addition, we regularly run series of research workshops where both staff and postgraduate students are able to discuss their research-in-progress in a more informal atmosphere.
State-of-the-art learning resources
Our postgraduate students have access, within Social Sciences, to IT networks, workstations and Internet café facilities, and MPhil/PhD students are provided with a desk and computer. We have a dedicated IT team based within the School. Administrative support is provided by the Postgraduate Research Office (MPhil/PhD students) and Programme Support Offices (master's students).
A number of scholarships and studentships are available each year with a closing date of early March. These include Social Sciences master's scholarships, School studentships, a Faculty International Bursary and ESRC studentships. Further information is available on the Funding section of our website.
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