Undergraduate courses

At the School for Policy Studies, our courses introduce you to the theories and practice of the major areas of Childhood Studies, Social Policy, Criminology and International Social and Public Policy, delivered by a friendly academic community at the forefront of their fields of research.


Childhood Studies

Childhood Studies is an exciting degree which considers children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. It is unique in being located within a policy studies department, housing seven different research centres.

Find out more about our childhood studies courses

Social Policy

Social Policy is the academic study of how societies identify, conceptualise and respond to 'need', and promote, or not, the welfare and 'wellbeing' of their members. This is a rigorous and critical but exciting and relevant subject, drawing on disciplines such as sociology, politics, economics and history to look at some of the burning questions of the day.

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Criminology is a multi-disciplinary subject, which draws on different disciplines such sociology, law, history, psychology, philosophy, and social and public policy.The course provides students with an understanding of crime and related social harms and the analysis of public policy interventions which contribute towards a safer and harm-free society.

Find out more about our criminology courses

International Social and Public Policy

The BSc International Social and Public Policy programme is a multi-disciplinary, international degree that integrates the analysis of government policy with the understanding of broader global political, economic and social change.

Find out more about our international social and public policy courses

Intercalated degrees

The School for Policy Studies runs the BSc in Global Health and the BSc in Childhood Studies - highly successful one year intercalated degrees for medical students.

Further information

Please visit the University's undergraduate study pages to find out more about studying childhood studies, social policy and criminology at Bristol.

International Foundation Programme

If you do not have the required level of English to apply for one of our courses, you can apply for our one-year International Foundation Programme. This will develop your skills to the level needed for one of our undergraduate courses. Completing the course guarantees you a conditional offer from the University of Bristol. Our programme is also recognised by other UK universities.

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What job prospects will these degrees give me?

From policy making to civil service to children's services, degrees in social policy, childhood studies, and criminology give you clear and direct preparation for a number of professional careers. Find out more on our career pages: childhood studies, social policy, and criminology.

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