Department profile

College of Social Science

University of Lincoln
2022/23 edition

About College of Social Science

Based in the heart of a beautiful and historic city, the University of Lincoln is proud of its reputation for providing a high quality student experience underpinned by inspirational teaching. The University is rated Gold – the highest standard possible - in the national Teaching Excellence Framework, reflecting our exciting teaching, great support for students, and excellent employment outcomes.

The university offers a range of postgraduate programmes spanning the social sciences, from law, politics, and education, to sport and exercise science, health and social care, and psychology.

Research excellence

At Lincoln, we strive to offer programmes that are underpinned by a vibrant research culture. We are home to award-winning academics whose work is making a real difference to society. Academics in the College of Social Science are currently breaking records with biomechanics and investigating the impact of mobile devices on our health and wellbeing.

The quality of our research is reflected in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, where more than half was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading. Lincoln was also placed in the top ten nationally for the quality of its research outputs in two major subject areas.

Our reputation for research excellence helps us to attract experts from across the globe, enabling our students to benefit from access to leading academic staff. Our postgraduate students form an integral part of our lively research community, working with academics and undertaking their own extensive research projects.

Outstanding facilities

We understand the importance of giving students the strongest possible foundation to help them achieve their aspirations. Whatever programme you choose, we aim to ensure that you have access to the latest equipment and resources to support your studies.

Over the past two decades, the University has invested more than £350 million in its Brayford Pool Campus, with ongoing investment in additional facilities and refurbishments of existing buildings.

Students in the College of Social Science have access to a range of inspirational learning spaces. The Human Performance Centre includes physiology, biochemistry, and dedicated biomechanics laboratories, and an ‘endless pool’ for research into swimming and triathlon. The £19 million Sarah Swift Building features clinical suites and specialist laboratories for health and social care and psychology students. Law students can use a moot court to practise their mooting skills.

Graduate prospects

The University of Lincoln is recognised as setting a blueprint for excellence in our pioneering approach to working with industry. Our unique relationships with companies such as Siemens, the Lincolnshire Co-operative, and Santander demonstrate our innovative industry-engaged approach, and provide students with enhanced opportunities for work experience, networking, and access to latest industry trends.

All students within the College of Social Science can gain access to the Work Opportunities Hub, which supports students seeking to enhance their studies with relevant work experience. This may be as part of their programme or as an activity during term time or holidays. The College is committed to promoting work opportunities to produce work-ready graduates who can make informed career choices.

Employability is a key aspect of our programmes and 96% of our most recent graduates were in work or further study six months after finishing their course (Destination of Higher Education Leaver’s Survey).


For postgraduate students looking for somewhere to live while studying in Lincoln, the University offers options to suit a range of needs and budgets, from on-campus accommodation to University-managed developments and third party providers just off campus.

Fees and funding

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you are new to Lincoln or one of our graduates. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK, EU, or international student. Some of our programmes may also have additional study costs for materials and field trips. Please see the individual course pages on our website for specific details.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,906 are available to help cover course and living costs. For more information, including eligibility criteria, please see our website.

How to apply

Once you’ve chosen the right programme for you, you can make an application to the University of Lincoln via our website.

Before applying, it may be helpful to talk to the admissions contact for the programme you wish to study. Contacts can be found on individual programme pages on the university’s website.

Contact details

01522 886644
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