School of Sociology and Social Policy

About Us

Welcome from the Head of School

Ian ShawThe School of Sociology and Social Policy is a vibrant, diverse and exciting centre for social science teaching and research, offering a variety of single and joint honours undergraduate programmes in sociology, social policy and criminology.

We offer a variety of taught masters degrees, including Master of Arts (MA), Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Postgraduate Diplomas (PGDip). At doctoral level, we offer professional doctorates in Public Policy and in Public Management, in addition to our research-focused PhD programme.

The school is also home to the Centre for Social Work, which delivers high-quality social work education at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our lively postgraduate community also publishes its own journal, ENQUIRE, in addition to organising an annual conference.

Research in the school is conducted through four research centres, which group together academic staff and postgraduate students with similar interests. Each of our research centres is aligned with one or more of the school's eight research themes. These include children and families; social work and social care for adults; health and well-being; policy analysis; identities; mobilities and migration; work and inequalities; science, knowledge and society.

We enjoy excellent rankings:

  • 1st for social work and 5th for social policy in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2018
  • 4th for social work and 10th for social policy in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • 78% of our research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework

Our research centres also contribute to a number major networks and organisations hosted within and by the University. These include the:

I hope your find these webpages useful. If you have further questions, please contact us for more information.

Professor Ian Shaw
Head of School and Professor of Health Policy



School of Sociology and Social Policy

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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