Study with us

Study with us

Study with us and you’ll be welcomed into a student community that fizzes with creativity and ambition. Our students are at the heart of what we do, and we’re dedicated to providing an experience like no other.

Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Excellence in Learning and Teaching

You'll be taught and supervised by researchers, writers and thinkers who are leaders in their fields. Many of our teaching staff are also professional practitioners, bringing their rich experience into the classroom.

Our academics believe that excellent research leads to excellent teaching.

As well passing on their expertise and enthusiasm, our teaching staff will seek to challenge you to reach your potential, preparing you for a rewarding career after graduation.

You’ll have opportunities to work with other students across the University, take part in work that reaches out into the community, or develop skills in a challenging placement.

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Global opportunities

Global opportunities

The Faculty is dedicated to giving our students an international perspective on the social sciences. We encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to enrich your experience with us throughout your study.

Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS) provides undergraduate and postgraduate students with the chance to participate in an exciting programme of activities, offering unique glimpses into the heart of international policymaking, leadership and advocacy.

You’ll develop skills that will help you stand out to future employers, strengthening your global awareness, communication and intercultural skills.

Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences

Laura Yoshimoto-Turpin - GLOSS participant


"I'm so grateful for having been able to go to the Organic World Congress in New Delhi, India, with GLOSS and experience what is like attending an international congress.

"I learned loads about organic farming but more than that, I've made a fantastic group of friends, networked in a different continent and setting, got to improve my skills in media and learned how to put together a policy brief.

"I cannot stress how great of an opportunity it was, especially being fully-funded by the Faculty. I definitely recommend it for students in social sciences who want to have a real hands-on global experience during university."

Meaningful placements

Meaningful placements

We're the number one university in the north of England for producing employable graduates

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Getting practical experience of the workplace can make all the difference after graduation as you begin your professional life.

We believe that too many placements don’t offer a meaningful chance to develop crucial skills in decision-making, communication and critical thinking.

That's why we are developing partnerships with businesses, charities and policymakers to provide structured, ambitious placements that make a difference to your future career.

Nine students from across the Faculty spent two months embedded in the Department for Work and Pensions, where they tackled a series of challenging policy questions.

The students were supported to produce professional, robust contributions to policy making at the heart of the UK government.

Your career prospects

Fiona - Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Policy Intern

"For the past couple of years I’ve felt like the work experience that fills up my CV demonstrates that I am able to adapt to different roles, but I didn’t have any work experience that reflected what I’m interesting in doing in my future career.

"This is why I jumped at the chance to work for the DWP as a policy advisor. I’ve really got a grasp of how the department works and I’ve been given a lot of my own responsibilities; researching international policy and putting together information to be used in ministerial meetings. In the last week of the internship my team invited me to be involved in a meeting at Number 10, a place I never thought I would get a chance to step foot in, to discuss a letter due to be sent to the Prime Minister.

"I would highly recommend this internship for anyone who wants to gain relevant work experience, where they can use the skills they’ve learned in their degree and be involved in valuable pieces of work."

Read about Fiona's placement