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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 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).

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

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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.

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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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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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.

What our students said

Heather Bain
Doctor of Education (EdD)
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
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