Bangor University: School of Social Sciences

Bangor University
School of Social Sciences

Established in 1966, the School of Social Sciences is a thriving centre for teaching and research in the fields of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology and Health and Social Care.

Our Masters degrees offer thorough training in the principles and practice of social research, whilst allowing students to follow their interests through a range of specialised modules. We are known for the thoroughness of our teaching and the pastoral care we provide to students.

Bangor UniversityWe also have a reputation for research of national and international excellence, ranking top 20 in the UK for research in fields related to the social sciences (REF 2014). Publications, articles and research by academic staff have been published to a worldwide audience, and the products of this research are continually fed into our courses.

All our degree schemes offer a thorough training in the basic principles of social science, a wide choice of specialised modules, training in the practice of social research and preparation for a wide variety of career opportunities.

Strengths and expertise
Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which means our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) ranked Bangor University within the UK top 20 for research in the social sciences, indicating that it is of international quality.

Bangor UniversityResearch in the School of Social Sciences has three main themes:

  • Health, Social Care, Welfare and Wellbeing;
  • Communities, Cultures, Language and Identities;
  • Crime, Criminal Justice and Society.

These have provided the platform for more focussed, collaborative activity based within the following research centres:

  • WKRU (Wales Kidney Research Unit)
  • National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR), an all Wales Research Centre
  • Centre for Mental Health and Society (CFMHAS)
  • All Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC)
  • Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)

WISERD draws together social science researchers from a number of disciplines including sociology, economics, geography and political science.

Bangor UniversityOur portfolio of Masters programmes reflects the School's expertise and commitment to high level postgraduate teaching. These include a range of MA degrees, focussing in particular on Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice; Sociology; Language Policy and Planning; Social Policy; Criminology and Law; and Social Work.

The Masters by Research (MARes), MPhil and PhD are higher degrees awarded on successful completion of advanced training and research leading to a dissertation or thesis. The aim of a research degree is to provide broadly-based social science training, as well as specific training in specialised subject areas that are relevant to the research project. Overall, the training provides the context and the skills for the student to undertake an original investigation, culminating in the preparation of a thesis which represents an independent and original contribution to knowledge.

The staff also supervise MA, MPhil and PhD students in their own specialist areas. This means that you will be taught by tutors who are actively researching and publishing in areas you will study.

Carla Leigh Reeves“The best thing about studying a postgraduate degree in Bangor’s School of Social Sciences is the sense of intellectual freedom and the encouragement you are given to explore your own ideas.

Looking back I feel I have achieved so much whilst studying for my PhD at Bangor. As I was allowed to design my own study and given a large amount of freedom to develop and progress in directions of my choice, I feel that I have achieved something which is truly unique and which I have sole ownership over.
Carla Leigh Reeves BA, MA, PhD

School of Social Sciences
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Tel: +44 (0)1248 382085


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