School of Social and Political Science

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Who we are

We're a group of teachers and researchers concerned with all the things people and societies do, and don't do, to look after each other; in Scotland, across the UK and Europe, and around the world.

We're rethinking and reconfiguring the traditional modes of study and research for the global age.

We work on social problems and social inequalities, on the major public services such as health and education, on the distribution of employment, income and wealth, and on everything governments and other organisations do (and don't do) to manage them.


We have special interests in comparing social programmes across countries and in the use of social science in policy and practice.

We're proud to host colleagues working in the University's Global Health Policy Unit, the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE), and the School's Research Training Centre.

Our research is supported by grant funding from the:

  • European Research Council
  • UK's Economic and Social Research Council
  • Global Challenges Research Fund
  • British Academy
  • Independent Social Research Foundation
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Nuffield Foundation

We currently hold the editorship of the leading Journal of Social Policy.

Studying with us

We offer undergraduate MA degrees in:

  • Government, Policy and Society
  • Social Policy, with a range of other subjects

We also offer taught MSc programmes including:

  • Public Policy
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Global Health Policy

We have a diverse and vibrant community of research students working both independently and on larger projects in groups and teams.

What is social policy?

Hear our staff talk about what social policy is, and its importance in our modern day society.