Our School's subject areas are where we deliver our teaching and carry out research. Subject areas span a range of social sciences, with interdisciplinary research and collaboration taking place across each of them. Learn more here about what our subject areas do, and the academic colleagues, PhD students and professional services staff who work in them.
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Centre of African Studies
The University of Edinburgh has an important and long historical connection with Africa, and the Centre of African Studies (CAS) is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Africa.
Politics and International Relations (PIR)
We produce influential research that directly informs policymakers, ministers and NGOs in several key areas, including constitutional change, human rights, data privacy, public policy and electoral reform.
Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
Our department has an international reputation as a leading centre of excellence in science and technology studies, established through the legacies of the Science Studies Unit and the Research Centre for Social Sciences.
Social Anthropology is a dynamic, growing and engaged collective of scholars asking urgent anthropological questions about key challenges facing us in the contemporary world.
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.
One of the oldest social work departments in the UK, Social Work at the University of Edinburgh has been ranked the UK's number one for the third year in a row in the Complete University Guide 2021 league table.