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Why study with us

Our postgraduate programmes in the School of Social Sciences enable an academic and applied understanding of social life, and provide the intellectual tools – knowledge, analysis, argument, judgement - with which to engage with current social and public debate.


Employable graduates

100% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course (HESA data).


World-leading research

Our degrees are taught by researchers at the forefront of their subjects, whose expertise and insight inform governments and policy-makers regionally, nationally and globally.


Interdisciplinary study

We are an interdisciplinary School, with a strong belief in the benefits of studying alongside, and collaborating with, complementary areas of expertise.

Our talks and videos

The School of Social Sciences

Head of School Professor Tom Hall on what makes the School of Social Sciences such a great place to study.

MSc Education

Professor Manuel Souto-Otero explains the MSc Education at Cardiff University. This one year programme provides an in-depth understanding of education as a field of study, and the connections between education and other social institutions that play a role in tackling complex education problems.

MSc Social and Public Policy

Dr Shailen Nandy explains the MSc Social and Public Policy at Cardiff University. This one year programme focuses on understanding the causes of, and potential solutions to, a range of important social issues. These include challenges such as poverty, increasing economic and social inequalities, and international development agreements.

This programme helped me to understand extensively how and why decisions are made by both government and non-government institutions and the impact these have. The modules were relevant to current national and international issues of concern, and I enjoyed learning and understanding how different countries with different ideologies address similar issues, such as pension, economic depression, democracy and citizenship.
Agnes Mwangoka MSc Social and Public Policy

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Participate in current research

Postgraduate students are encouraged to fully participate in our academic and research environment. This includes a wide range of active research groups, seminar series and informal study groups.

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Making a difference

We are proud of our record of impacting upon public debate, policy development and practice based innovations.


Our master’s degrees

Our flexible master’s degrees provide the intellectual tools with which to engage with current social and public debate. You’ll be taught by leading scholars who are recognised for their theoretical and methodological expertise both nationally and internationally.


Postgraduate research opportunities

We offer opportunities for postgraduate research study designed to provide you with the skills and experience you need for your career. Our PhD programme prepares candidates for a research-based career, while the Professional Doctorate looks to address the career needs of practising professionals.

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Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

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Funding your studies

Learn more about the scholarships, UK government support packages and student loans available to you.

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All postgraduate students arriving in September are guaranteed a single occupancy room.

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Next steps


View our social science postgraduate taught courses

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.