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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


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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Older private renters face unique challenges

Older private renters face unique challenges

The UK’s growing number of older private renters face distinct challenges which could worsen the nation’s housing crisis, according to research led by the University of Stirling on behalf of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).

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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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Social work practice in times of disaster free workshop at the University of Stirling

Social work practice in times of disaster free workshop at the University of Stirling

The University of Stirling’s Faculty of Social Sciences is hosting a free two-day workshop for social work practitioners on 19 and 20 September. Entitled ‘Social work practice in times of disaster’, the course will allow attendees to share experiences of disaster social work, discuss best practice, and identify training needs

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