School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

University of Kent
In the National Student Survey 2014, our Social Policy students gave us a score of 95% for overall satisfaction, which has placed us second in the UK. The School has performed extremely well in the 2014 and 2015 league tables. Our students go on to become some of the country’s most employable graduates; we are consistently in the top 10 for career prospects – 85% of our Sociology students found employment or went onto further study within six months of graduating in 2013.



One of the founding departments at Kent, the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research has built a worldwide reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic places to study a range of social science subjects.


Our undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes are diverse and innovative. We combine high quality teaching and cutting-edge research with a supportive environment that attracts students from all over the world.

We are proud of our:

  • Valuable partnerships
  • Cutting-edge research
  • International outlook
  • Interdisciplinary approach


In addition to SSPSSR's formal Research Clusters, there also exist a number of study groups that provide members with a flexible means of pursuing new as well as established interests. Students may attend, and gain experience in participating in the organisation.

  • Centre for Philanthropy
  • Social and Political Movements
  • Centre for Social Science and Risk
  • Centre for Parenting Culture Studies
Funded research centres:
  • Centre for Health Services Studies
  • PSSRU Personal Social Services Research Unit
  • Tizard Tizard Centre
  • CCP Centre for Child Protection
  • Other funded research Additional funded research


Great employment prospects

An impressive 87% of our graduates are in work or further study within 6 months of graduating and 76% of graduates are in a professional or managerial job. Source: 2014 Unistats data. Our School is committed to enhacing the employability of our students.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)


Student services

Facilities for the best student experience

You will have access to great facilities including sports centres, theatre and cinema, centre for music performance, clubs and societies, bars, cafes and night clubs, helping to ensure that your student experience with us is enjoyable as well as intellectually stimulating and productive.

Student Life

Campus life

Friendly and lively campuses in the city of Canterbury and our Medway campus at Chatham Maritime.

Canterbury, England, United Kingdom