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Faculty of
Social Sciences

We’re a leading Faculty of Social Sciences and our rankings reflect this across our subject areas; having earned recognition as the Scotland’s number one University for Social Policy (The Guardian University Guide 2018) and top 10 in the UK for Education (The Complete University Guide 2019).

Our research provides us with an opportunity to have a significant and positive impact on people's lives. From international research on dementia, to contributions to teaching and social work practises, our work makes a difference. 

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Welcome to the Faculty of Social Sciences

Research

As an integrated multi-disciplinary group, our research and teaching covers: Dementia, Education, Housing, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, and Social Work. Our dynamic group of around 70 academic staff and researchers, are committed to producing research that makes a positive social impact around the world.

Research with impact

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With a diverse range of globally recognised courses, we’ll help you to be the difference in your chosen career. All of our social science courses are taught by lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Our degrees stand out and include courses that provide outstanding professional development, including our Primary and Secondary Education undergraduate degrees. They both allow you to gain confidence in teaching over four years, as well as studying your chosen subject specialism at the same time.

We deliver many courses that facilitate opportunities for you to gain widespread practical experience, promote postgraduate research, and allow you to achieve your ambitions.

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I enjoyed the relation this programme had to my professional practice and that throughout the doctorate journey I was able to influence policy and practice
Dr Heather Bain
Scotland Doctorate in Education (EdD)
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Digital design should embed ethical and political values

Digital design should embed ethical and political values

Digital developers should consider the ethical and political values of their users – rather than focusing solely on their needs – a University of Stirling-led report has said.

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Inequalities between schools preparing pupils for university

Inequalities between schools preparing pupils for university

Students from high attaining state schools are better prepared for the university application process than their peers in more deprived areas, new research by the University of Stirling has found.

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Challenging the social work view of assessment

Challenging the social work view of assessment

Using attachment theory, this lecture will explore ways in which theoretical and clinical application must be considered through the lens of the client's world view.

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