Social Studies

Social Studies is concerned with understanding society. It looks at how contemporary society across the globe functions and the major challenges facing it. Social Studies also includes the processes and outcomes of the welfare of society.

Studying subjects within Social Studies such as Social Work, Social Policy, Sociology, Housing Studies, Social Research and Substance Use, give you an opportunity to have a significant and positive impacts on people’s lives.

Our Social Studies courses are designed to equip our students with the practical and transferable knowledge necessary to meet the complex demands of professional practice.

Social Studies courses

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CPD / standalone modules

The Faculty of Social Sciences offer a number of short social studies courses including:

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Graduate careers in Social Studies

Social studies graduates work in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Successful completion of our BA (Hons) Social Work degree or the MSc Social Work Studies allows you to register as a qualified social worker across the UK.

Common areas that social studies graduates enter include:

  • civil servant and government employment
  • police or prison service
  • social work
  • housing
  • voluntary sector
  • human resources
  • intelligence analysis
  • policy advocacy
  • research

Partnerships and industry

Many of our courses are recognised within the industry:

  • Completing our BA (Hons) Social Work or MSc Social Work Studies lets you register with the Scottish Social Services Council
  • Our Housing Studies postgraduate degrees are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing
  • MSc Applied Social Research is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Our Social Work degrees are run in partnership with statutory and non-statutory agencies across Scotland.

Social Studies research

100% of our research impact in Social Work and Social Policy was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

Our academic researchers in Social Studies engage with communications around the globe and their research makes a positive difference to society. Theoretical and applied research is carried out in many different areas including:

  • child welfare and protection
  • housing studies
  • social survey and social statistics
  • public services and governance

Find out more about research in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Join our dynamic and research-led Faculty of Social Sciences to address key challenges in society. See our Social Studies PhD and Doctorate opportunities in the areas of:

Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection

A research centre which delivers excellent academic research with children, young people and families.

Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research

Formed in 2017 to take forward the Salvation Army (TSA) Drug and Alcohol Strategy (SDAS).