School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
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School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

This is an exciting time to be studying sociology and/or social policy. We are living through times of dramatic global change which has an impact both locally and nationally, as economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges mount and the pace of change consequently quickens.

The School of Sociology and Policy has a broad and active research programme that both informs and enlightens our academic teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

We are based in the Social Sciences building which underwent a £8.5m reburbishment in 2014. This refurbishment has improved the facilities available to you and has enhanced the working and learning environment for staff and students.

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We offer programmes in the areas of sociology, social policy, racism and diversity, disability and gender.

Undergraduate programmes

Postgraduate programmes

Postgraduate research programmes

79% of our research is classified as world leading or internationally excellent. Our research covers the folllowing areas:

Times Good University Guide 2019 Ranking 11
Guardian 2020 Ranking 11/121
Address School of Sociology and Social Policy, Leeds, LS2 9JT View on Map
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  • Xiaotong Zhang

    MA Social and Public Policy

    My career goal to work in an NGO is my main motivation for studying and I chose the University of Leeds because of its high course ranking and its reputation in the UK. 

    The academic staff have organised sessions on writing dissertations efficiently. It is obvious that they are very considerate and give priority to students’ needs.

    The Language Centre provides various kinds of assistance with academic writing, reading, note-taking, discussion and presentation skills. It also provides a large range of materials covering more than 45 languages.

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  • Kamalika Jayathilaka

    MA Social Research

    the most interesting mixture of people.

    The working and learning environment at the school has been exceptional. The staff, both academic and non-academic, have been really supportive and quick to respond throughout. Whenever I’ve had a question, I’ve been offered timely and excellent support. The interdisciplinary expertise at the school is also noteworthy; the co-curricular workshops and seminars constantly organised are particular eye-openers, especially in helping expand your academic horizons further. 

    The course has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The journey has been challenging but I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has prepared me and given me the knowledge and confidence necessary for future research endeavours.

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