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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; having earned recognition as the Scotland’s number one University for Social Policy (The Guardian University Guide 2018) and top 10 in the UK for Education (The Complete University Guide 2019).

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


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.

Research with impact

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With a diverse range of globally recognised courses, we’ll help you to be the difference in your chosen career. 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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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
Dr Heather Bain
Scotland Doctorate in Education (EdD)
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