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UCL Social Research Institute

The UCL Social Research Institute is a world-leading centre for policy-oriented social science. Our mission is to change the world for the better through our research, our teaching and our public engagement.

Our academic staff have backgrounds in sociology, economics, anthropology, psychology and demography, as well as social policy. We have diverse methodological expertise, from ethnography to advanced quantitative work. This mix of disciplines and methods gives us a unique capacity to generate new insights on social problems and to provide innovative taught programmes.

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Research is a major focus of the Institute with an annual research income of over £15 million. Our research work is organised within seven renowned centres.

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We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes specialising in a range of social and social policy issues and social research methods.

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Our staff includes psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and economists. We have specialist, research-active staff able to supervise postgraduate research.

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News and events

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