Faculty of Social Sciences

We are a leading Faculty of Social Sciences and our rankings reflect this across our subject areas. We're ranked Top 5 in the UK for Education, 1st in Scotland for Criminology, and Top 10 in the UK for Social Policy (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).

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Study with us

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

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

Study in the Faculty of Social Sciences
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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.

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Careers in social sciences

Studying in the Faculty will open up opportunities to connect with external organisations, to go on placement, to study abroad and to consider your personal and professional development - all will play a part in preparing you for whatever direction you choose after graduation.

Heatwaves to impact almost every child on earth by 2050: UNICEF report

Heatwaves to impact almost every child on earth by 2050: UNICEF report

New research from UNICEF, supported by experts at the University of Stirling, has estimated that by 2050, every child in the world is expected to be exposed to worsening heatwaves.

Low-tech gadgets have biggest impact for older people, research finds

Low-tech gadgets have biggest impact for older people, research finds

New research undertaken by housing and ageing experts at the University of Stirling has found that introducing low tech gadgets to retirement living schemes has a major impact on health and well-being.