The School of Sociology and Social Policy has a wide and varied portfolio of policy-relevant research that is both sociologically informed and methodologically innovative.
Britain's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognises our programme of social research training, and we are ranked 13th in the UK for the quality and impact of research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. We are also ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Social Policy according to the Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Members of our school are involved in a range of international collaborations and we welcome international visitors. The School also has a thriving community of PhD students.
Our vibrant research centres include:
We offer three kinds of research degree for postgraduate students.
Find out more about postgraduate research opportunities in the School of Sociology and Social Policy by visiting our website: https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/sociology-research-degrees
The School of Sociology and Social Policy and the University of Leeds offer a number of scholarships for UK/EU and international students. Find out more about scholarships by visiting our website:
What our students say...
"I worked as Principal Investigator on ‘Together Through Play Project: Facilitating Meaningful Play Between Disabled and Non-disabled Children', which is a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The School offers an excellent research environment, which is enriched by a diversity of students from various backgrounds and disciplines. I meet my Supervisors on a regular basis, and they are generous with their guidance and support." Anne-Marie Moore, PhD student
"I applied to study at the University of Leeds because I wanted to work with specific academics in the School of Sociology and Social. My PhD helped me to gain my current research fellow job at Brunel, and I'm sure the Leeds name will be helpful in pursuit of lectureships." Dr Peter Hemming, PhD student
"Leeds has a fantastic reputation for Sociology and a thriving research centre and was recommended to me on a number of occasions. The support of my supervisors has been fantastic, they are both approachable if I have any problems and always offer really honest and constructive feedback and guidance at supervision meetings. I absolutely adore Leeds, it really is such a vibrant and diverse city and a really great place to come and study." Laura Baldwin, PhD student
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FTE Category A staff submitted: 32.60
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