The Faculty of Social Sciences

As a faculty we deliver an outstanding programme of professional development; promote postgraduate research, and facilitate creative opportunities for postgraduate students to interact and gain widespread experience.

We are contributing to the University strategy, notably the focus on outstanding multidisciplinary research with practical relevance, and excellent student experiences. It presents opportunities for innovation in research, education and knowledge exchange. We are also currently undertaking research in seven active research areas which address issues in society. 

The Faculty also hosts, works in partnership and collaborates with a number of research centres and networks: The Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection (CCWP)Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC)ProPEL: Professional Practice, Education and Learning, the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research; the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies

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Learning and Teaching

In addition to providing Honours degrees in Sociology and Social Policy and Criminology, the Faculty offers programmes leading to a range of combined Honours Degrees, an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a concurrent programme of Honours with teaching qualification in a wide range of subjects.  The Faculty also offers postgraduate programmes in Applied Social Research, Housing Studies, Dementia Studies, Criminology, Professional Education, Educational Enquiry, Teaching in Further Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Social Work, including Chid and Adult Protection, Leadership in Social Work and Education, and Social Enterprise.

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About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is an integrated multi-disciplinary grouping of around 70 academic staff with research and teaching interests in DementiaEducationHousing StudiesSociology, Social Policy & Criminology and Social Work. We provide high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education in all these areas.  We have a sustained successful research record and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 80% of our research was assessed as internationally excellent or world leading, with the top 23% of our work judged as world leading across two units of assessment, Education and Social Work and Social Policy. 

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Our Research Groups

The social scientific research undertaken in the Faculty is grouped under six main headings: Crime and Justice; Child Welfare and Protection; Curriculum and Pedagogy; Dementia and Social Gerontology; Professional Education and Leadership; Public Services and Governance; Social Surveys and Social Statistics.  

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Iris Murdoch Building
University of Stirling

01786 467740


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