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About Us (SOCSI)

Professor Huw Beynon lecture


The School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading centre for the conduct of social science research. Our research achieves a distinctive identity through a combination of inter-disciplinary working, impact on policy and practice, and innovative methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise our research rated first in the UK for ‘research power’ in Sociology. This is a combined measure of the quality and quantity of research outputs, with the majority of our work being rated ‘internationally excellent’.

Each year the School wins approximately £5 million in external research funding. Compared with other elite social science departments in the UK, this is around five times more funding per capita.


Student Experience

The School is a thriving centre with an excellent reputation in world leading research and in the quality of our professional training, postgraduate and undergraduate programmes.

Our students are taught by some of the leading scholars in their fields who act as advisers to international bodies, the UK and European parliaments, the Welsh Government and many other public and private sector organisations including the NHS, local authorities and third sector organisations.

Through these relationships, our students are assured of a social science education that is informed by close engagement with changes in politics and society. We are able to support our students in gaining work experience through internships, placements and other training opportunities that enhance personal development and career prospects. 



The School is an internationally recognised centre for high quality teaching and research in social science disciplines. We have academic collaborations with major universities in Europe, the USA, South America, South East Asia and Australia. These links offer some of our students the opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree programme.

We also welcome international students who wish to carry out all or part of their studies at the School; whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level. The Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) attracts students from across the globe to carry out maritime based social science research with PhD scholarship funding from the Nippon Foundation.  Across the School, more than 20 nationalities are currently represented by our PhD student cohort.



A combination of advanced theoretical and empirical social science and practical application is the hallmark of the School. Our appetite for advancing understanding of a fast-changing social world leads us to develop new ideas and methods that have an impact upon public debates concerning policy and practice. 

We can boast a number of unique and successful collaborations, such as the Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) that works in partnership with the South Wales Police to create a research evidence base for the art, craft and science of policing.

We are continuously developing knowledge exchange opportunities through our public engagement events by connecting academic knowledge to the wider world of public debate.