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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. We're ranked in the top 5 for Social Work in Scotland and 3rd in Scotland for Sociology (The Guardian University Guide 2020). We're also in the 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

Study with us

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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Inappropriate housing causing disabled people ‘physical and mental harm’

Inappropriate housing causing disabled people ‘physical and mental harm’

Leading housing experts are warning that disabled home-seekers are experiencing adverse emotional and mental distress due to a lack of suitable accommodation.

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Stirling Professor appointed as Chair of new Drug Deaths Taskforce

Stirling Professor appointed as Chair of new Drug Deaths Taskforce

The University of Stirling’s Professor Catriona Matheson has been announced as the new chair of a special taskforce set up to tackle the rising number of drug deaths in Scotland.

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Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing: Communities, families, resilience and resistance conference

Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing: Communities, families, resilience and resistance conference

This three day conference focuses broadly on children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health. It offers a space in which we can consider how we might understand to children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, and how services might respond to these challenges.

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