School of Sociology and Social Policy

School of Sociology and Social Policy

In the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, our teaching, research and public engagement makes a real difference in the world. We’re a diverse community of academics, students and researchers, who confront and investigate the most pressing social, political and economic issues around the globe.

Top reasons to study here

  • Top 10 in the UK for sociology (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 6 in the UK for social policy (The Complete University Guide League Tables 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for social policy (Guardian University Guide 2022)

Master's Programmes

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Sociology and social policy has been studied at the University of Leeds since 1946, and the school has been home to a number of globally significant sociologists, including Zygmunt Bauman, Jennifer Platt, John Rex and Alan Warde. Our rich academic history informs and motivates our research and teaching as we continue to play a vital role in sociology and social policy on a global scale.


At the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Leeds, you're part of a community of experts who are as passionate about social and political thought as you are.

Throughout your time at the School, you'll be able to take advantage of our excellent study facilities and personal development opportunities. You have the chance to tailor your studies to areas that suit your interests and your career aspirations. 

As a student in the School, your learning will be enriched by some of the brightest minds in your field of study, and you'll benefit from being taught by those directly responsible for shaping policy and practice.


We are one of the largest UK academic communities focused on critical, sociological investigations. Informed by the notion of social sustainability, our research concerns social inclusion, welfare and wellbeing on a local to global level. Our research tackles injustices and inequalities across various social identities, systems and practices.

We are international and interdisciplinary in approach and in recent years we have engaged in research and writing projects with colleagues from 25 disciplines and 20 countries. 


A degree from the School of Sociology and Social Policy provides you with skills valuable for a successful career making a difference. You'll have lots of opportunities to gain experience in a range of settings to make you more employable, and the support to help you to decide where you want your degree to take you. 

Our courses provide an excellent foundation for work in the public and third sectors with careers in social research, charity organisations, think tanks, or in the private sector in a range of business settings.

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Student services

Whilst encouraging you to become a self-motivated learner, our staff will guide you through your studies and help you to develop the skills to become an independent critical thinker.

You will either be assigned a personal tutor or two research supervisors, depending on the type of course you are studying. These individuals are your first stop for all of your academic needs and are there to help you achieve your potential.

Housing services

Our university residences offer something for everyone, with locations around the city to suit your needs. We have an impressive range of accommodation from modern, purpose-built apartments to converted mansions both on and off campus. 

We provide over seven thousand undergraduates with accommodation every year. We also have some accommodation specifically for postgraduate students, and guarantee offers of accommodation to international postgraduate students under certain circumstances. 

Library services

The University of Leeds has one of the major academic research library collections in the UK. Our four libraries – The Brotherton, Edward Boyle, Laidlaw and Health Sciences – each house a different subject-based collection. 4,000 study spaces are available, from silent individual study to vibrant group work areas. 

Our online resources include 35,000 e-journals and more than 500,000 e-books. 

ICT services

All our libraries have extensive computer facilities. You’ll also have access to:

  • a wide range of software and services
  • free high-speed wi-fi across campus
  • IT help and support from our IT service desk 
  • teaching spaces with computer-supported classrooms
  • flexible learning environments for personal and group study
  • a state-of-the-art lecture capture and multimedia management system.

Medical services

The Leeds Student Medical Practice is located on the edge of campus and provides various services to University of Leeds students. There is also wellbeing support available through the university and the Leeds University Union.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Leeds is a unique campus – housing all our facilities together in one 100-acre area, while also being just a short walk from the centre of the city of Leeds.

Along with all our academic facilities, laboratories, teaching and study spaces and libraries, our campus is also home to cafes, sports facilities, green spaces and our award-winning students’ union.

Leeds University Union is in the centre of campus and is a hub of activity. Clubs, bars, food outlets, cafes, a beauty salon and so much more. 

Sports facilities

You’ll have access to our £12.2 million sports centre, The Edge. Located on campus, The Edge has a 250-station gym floor, a 25-metre pool, sports courts and a climbing wall.

Our fitness suite is one of the largest of any university in the UK. Over 220 exercise classes take place every week during term time, and you could also access our dedicated personal training and strength and conditioning rooms with qualified trainers.

The Edge also has squash courts and sports halls where you can play badminton, netball, five-a-side and more. Additional studio space, sports halls and squash courts can be found around campus, and our Sport Park – a short drive from campus – has numerous high-quality outdoor facilities.

Student clubs

The Leeds University Union is home to more than 300 clubs and societies for you to join, so whatever you’re interested in there is something for you. There are societies dedicated to sports, media, performance, academic interests, cultural and language groups, faith, politics and volunteering to name a few. And if you can’t find a club or society that aligns with your interest, there is always the opportunity to start your own.

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