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Our Vision

Birmingham City University’s School of Social Sciences has a mission to make sense of the world.

Our students and academics work together across disciplines to develop insights into society. We’re focused on everything from understanding crime and punishment to the study of all aspects of psychology and the exploration of social structures and change.

The big picture is everything 

Our teaching and learning are intertwined with research, connecting with communities to see what works. As part of the University for Birmingham, we address the challenges of our city in order to seek practical solutions which have a genuine impact locally. That’s why we are developing a vision of the city’s near future, Birmingham 2029, harnessing a wealth of data to apply intelligent approaches to societal challenges.

We are proudly rooted in a vibrant, diverse and constantly transforming city, but we never shy away from the people and the professionals living and working on the margins of society. Ours is a radical yet practical agenda aimed at positively impacting on society, locally and globally.

We apply our research in real world settings nationally and internationally, working with communities, prisons, hospitals, schools and the police to tackle social problems and understand, and influence, social change.

We foster your social entrepreneurialism, linking with businesses and community organisations both to ensure you have the career options you want and to give you a world of new perspectives – empowering you to make a real impact on the world when you graduate.

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Our Courses

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Our Staff

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Our Research

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Student Experiences

Why study with us?

Here are our top 10 reasons to choose the School of Social Sciences.

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Student Satisfaction

Student satisfaction

Several of our courses scored very highly in the 2020 National Student Survey (NNS) for overall student satisfaction, including our Black Studies (100%) and Sociology (92%) courses.

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Making Sense of the World

The big picture

We want to give you the skills you need to make a difference. So our courses focus on the real world application of theory, ensuring that you can make a real impact on society when you graduate. 

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Year-long Placements

Industry experience

You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course. This will get you invaluable experience before you graduate, at organisations helping the local community.

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Pioneering Courses

Unique experiences

We pride ourselves on being a pioneering school, and are so proud to be the home of Europe's first Black Studies degree. We also created the first combined Criminology and Security Studies degree.

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All the right accreditations

Our Psychology courses, including the pathway options, are accredited by the British Psychological Society. This ensures these courses are as up-to-date and professionally relevant as possible.

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Travel Scholarships

See the world

There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme working with charity organisations, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.

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Birmingham Links

In the heart of the city

You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to Birmingham, the UK's second city. Our campus is also at the heart of the multi-million pound Eastside project.

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Graduate +

Extra experience

You will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.

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Industry Links

Hear from the best

Our close links to industry mean we regularly host talks with leading experts in the fields of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology. This can give you insight into current trends, and inform your future career choices.

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Experienced Staff

Hands on experience

You’ll learn from industry experienced staff, who help inform social policy all the way up to 10 Downing Street, with Dr Imran Awan advising the government on Islamophobia and Hate Crime.