About the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law is internationally recognised for delivering high-quality education. More than 3,000 postgraduates join our vibrant and international community each year, going on to succeed as leaders and engaged practitioners in government, the charitable and education sectors or with prestigious global companies.
For those who want to prepare for postgraduate research or use research in the workplace, we deliver specialist taught programmes that provide a strong grounding in critical thinking and research methodologies. Our vocational programmes provide continuous professional development in education, legal studies and social work.
Our South West Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), offers world-class training and supervision. These programmes build doctoral students' intellectual capacity and research skills and prepare them for careers in the global economy.
The excellence of Bristol’s social science research was confirmed by the latest Research Excellence Framework. Seven of Bristol’s nine social sciences submissions were ranked in the top ten and two were ranked first. When research intensity was taken into account, the faculty ranked second in the country (Times Higher Education analysis of REF 2014).
Our high-quality research outputs are published in internationally ranked journals and prestigious academic press across social sciences and law. The faculty also hosts and edits a number of highly regarded social science journals, including Policy and Politics, Ethnicities, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Journal of Common Market Studies, British Accounting Review and Contemporary Political Theory.
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law offers excellent support for research and research-related activities, and actively cultivates an inter-school, interdisciplinary ethos. There are a number of research centres within the schools and also a number of faculty research groups.
Strengths of the faculty
We produce research that matters to society: poverty and social exclusion; markets and public organisation; human rights and global insecurities; lifestyles and wellbeing; and educational quality. Our students and staff have a real impact on the world around us and contribute to improving people’s lives around the globe. The faculty is one of the leading UK centres of high-quality and high-impact social science and legal research.
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