About Us

From January 2016, the School of Applied Social Science and School of Education have come together as a new School of Social Sciences. The new School webpage is currently under development but information can be found here


The School of Applied Social Science is a large inter-disciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology, Social Work, Dementia and Housing Studies and a number of specialist centres.

It has a vigorous record in all these areas and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 75% of our research was assessed as internationally excellent or world leading, with the top 24% of our work judged as world leading. Read more about the School’s research here.

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology is the largest section of the School of Applied Social Science.  There are over 20 full-time academic staff, involved in teaching and research.

The Sociology and Social Policy degree programme offers a firm grounding in the two disciplines.  Students may also combine Sociology or Social Policy with Criminology or other subjects in combined degree programmes.  In the advanced part of the degree students have a wide choice of substantive topics as well as receiving practical research training, leading towards the final year dissertation.  Teaching is deeply informed by staff research activities and maintains an applied focus.

Social Work

Social Work education at Stirling began in 1972.  Originally consisting of a qualifying course for postgraduates only, there is now a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, at qualifying and advanced levels. 

Currently, more than 90 percent of our graduates find social work jobs within six months of graduating, the rest choosing to work part-time or continue studying.

The Social Work CPD team provides modules and courses that are up to date and directly relevant to practice. We work closely with our agency partners to continually refine and develop our provision in line with changing policy and practice demands. All our courses focus on effective practice to ensure improved outcomes for people who use services.


Housing imageWe provide programmes of study at postgraduate level, leading to a professional qualification in housing.  All of Stirling's Diploma and Certificate courses are validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing and lead to the CIH Professional Qualification.

Staff also teach on a number of undergraduate courses as well as supervising postgraduate research students.

In all that we do, we aim to:

  • promote good practice
  • enhance standards in professional education and practice
  • stimulate the personal and intellectual development of our students, and
  • widen access to knowledge and qualifications

Our courses are highly rated, our research programme is respected, and the impact of our work is felt across Scotland.


Dementia image.We offer a range of dementia studies educational opportunities via online learning to help professionals respond to the challenge of providing high quality dementia care. The courses are offered on a part-time basis and delivered through one day face-to-face introductory sessions held at the Dementia Services Development Centre followed by 10 weeks of online learning using dedicated module websites and independent study.

We have a diverse student group representing a range of professions and academic disciplines. We ask that all our students have some experience of working with people with dementia. The courses and modules attract students from all over the UK and beyond. For example we have students from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Malta. Students value the exchange of information and learning between professions and between cultures.

Find out more


WithScotland (formerly MARS and SCCPN).


The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.


Dementia Services Development Centre

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