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World-leading research and teaching to inform policy on education, health, labour markets, human development and child/adult wellbeing.

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Head of Department: Professor David Voas

The Department of Social Science (DSS) makes up one of the largest multi-disciplinary social science research and teaching centres in London. Our staff includes psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and economists. There are specialist, research-active staff able to supervise postgraduate research. 

We are home to five renowned centres:

Our staff

Our staff includes psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and economists. We have specialist, research-active staff able to supervise postgraduate research. Browse our alphabetical list, organised by surname:

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Study with us

We conduct world-leading multidisciplinary research and both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching specialising in applying quantitative methods to data to inform policy on education, health, labour markets, human development and child/adult wellbeing.

Undergraduate

We offer two new stimulating and broad-based programmes in social sciences: 

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Both programmes will give you the opportunity to study topics such as education, inequality, poverty and social mobility and gain an understanding of the social and economic forces shaping our world.

Through studying a mix of social science disciplines, including sociology and psychology, together with extensive training in mixed research methods, you can gain insight into real-world, global issues.

Graduate taught

Our four distinct Master's programmes equip students with a range of highly valued skills for work in policy, practice and research settings. These specialise in:

  • Combining social policy understanding with advanced research methods training (Social Policy and Social Research MSc).
  • Learning advanced skills for designing and critiquing quantitative and qualitative social research (Social Research Methods MSc).
  • Developing understandings of global childhoods and children’s rights, and advanced skills for research with children and young people (Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA).
  • Learning advanced skills for conducting reviews of research so as to inform decision-making in society (Social Policy and Social Research - with Systematic Reviews - MSc).

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Graduate research

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Applications to undertake PhD training or post doctoral research in any of our areas of interest are welcome. There is a lively environment with a range of opportunities to acquire cutting-edge skills in research methods and to tackle substantive research questions. 

Short courses

We offer short courses for professional development in research methods and in the use of various data resources. More info contact Katherine Youel at k.youel@ucl.ac.uk

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Research

A major strength of our department is its excellence in research. In the last national research assessment exercise 78% of research in the Department was ranked either 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent). 

Featured research

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We also have a research portfolio of projects such as:

For further details about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes visit:

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Case studies

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Working papers

Our Working Papers constitute work in progress publications. They are published to stimulate discussion and contribute to the advancement of our knowledge. 

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Submitting a Working Paper

Please submit your draft to Bilal Nasim: b.nasim@ucl.ac.uk

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