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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.

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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).

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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.

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Interdisciplinary study

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

Courses

Education (MSc)

Full time

Our MSc Education programme enables you to explore key challenges in education and gain insights into educational practices, policies, and organisations from across the world.

International Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSc)

Full time

Develop your understanding of crime and criminal practice in an international context and consider how digital technologies are creating ‘new crimes’.

Social and Public Policy (MSc)

Full time

Study how policy is designed around the world to meet human needs and increase wellbeing.

Social Science Research Methods (Criminology) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (Educational Studies) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (Environmental Planning) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (International Relations) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (Management and Business Studies) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (Politics) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (Science and Technology Studies) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (Social Policy) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (Social Work) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (Social-Legal) (Law) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Advanced training in research methods preparing you for PhD study.

Social Work (MA)

Full time

Study the theory and practical skills of social work, and gain the training required to qualify and register as a social worker.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Part-time

The professional doctorate is a doctoral qualification that is fully equivalent to the PhD, but substantially different from it in that it is strongly professionally oriented focussing on ‘applied’ rather than ‘pure’ research.

Doctor of Health Studies (DHS)

Part-time

The professional doctorate is a doctoral qualification that is fully equivalent to the PhD, but substantially different from it in that it is strongly professionally oriented focussing on ‘applied’ rather than ‘pure’ research.

Doctor of Social and Public Policy (SPPD)

Part-time

The professional doctorate is a doctoral qualification that is fully equivalent to the PhD, but substantially different from it in that it is strongly professionally oriented focussing on ‘applied’ rather than ‘pure’ research.

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Part-time

The professional doctorate is a doctoral qualification that is fully equivalent to the PhD, but substantially different from it in that it is strongly professionally oriented focussing on ‘applied’ rather than ‘pure’ research.

Social Sciences (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

The School of Social Sciences has an exceptionally strong and interdisciplinary research culture, and offers expert supervision across a wide range of research topics.

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.

MSc International Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dr Luca Giommoni introduces the MSc International and Criminal Justice, new for September 2022. Explore the world of crime and crime control, from domestic violence, drug trafficking and corruption to the spread of malware, fraud, and online hate speech.

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.

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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.

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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.