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

The School of Sociology and Social Policy is home to a close international community of staff and students, all of whom are seeking to make a difference to society. Our academic teaching and public engagement is informed by our broad and active research programme, through which we examine the economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges faced globally.

As a student within the School of Sociology and Social Policy, you'll be taught by experts who are as passionate about social and political thought as you are. Throughout your time with us, you'll be able to take advantage of our excellent study facilities, personal development opportunities, professional support and more.

A degree from the School of Sociology and Social Policy provides an excellent foundation for work in the public and third sectors with careers in social research, charity organisations, think tanks, or in the private sector in a range of business settings. In recent years our graduates have gone on to work in organisations including the National Centre of Social Research, the World Health Organisation, the NHS, Leeds City Council, The Times of India and Women’s Aid.

Postgraduate taught programmes

Whether you want to enhance your career opportunities or continue on to a research degree, a Masters degree can help you stand out. Our postgraduate degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge of a subject, specialise in a particular area or take a new direction.

We offer a range of taught Masters programmes in Disability Studies, Gender Studies, Inequalities and Social Sciences, Social and Public Policy, Social and Political Thought, Social Research and Public Administration.

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Postgraduate research programmes

We are passionate about research that makes a difference in society, on a local and global level. Building on research strengths and a commitment to inclusive interdisciplinary approaches, we are working together to address some of the most significant challenges of the time. Our work is grouped into six interdisciplinary research centres:

  • Centre for Disability Studies (CDS)
  • Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS)
  • Centre for Research on Families, the Life Course and Generations (FLAG)
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS)
  • The Bauman Institute
  • Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice (THeSP)

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Times Good University Guide 2022 Ranking 15
Guardian 2022 Ranking 16/121
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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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