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As part of the School of Law and Social Sciences we offer a range of programmes including an undergraduate BSc in Social Science, MSc in Social Work, MSc in Advanced Practice and postgraduate research degrees (PhD and Professional Doctorate). All our degree programmes are grounded in contemporary research and critical use of theory from across the social sciences including sociology, social policy, social psychology, ethics, law and discipline-specific theories.

The BSc Social Science degree is delivered by academics from the Social Work division of the Department of Law and Criminology. Students will learn from subject leaders from within sociology, criminology, law, social policy and social work. This degree enables students interested in the Social Sciences to develop a broad view of current social issues and problems, exploring  them from a range of perspectives. These include understanding social systems and people in society from sociological,  social policy, social psychological, socio-legal and applied ethical viewpoints. Following an initial grounding in these key areas, years two and three include a range of optional subjects which allow you to develop particular strands of interest, from sociology of youth to madness in society, drugs, crime,  gender and sexuality. More information about the BSc Social Science programme and opportunities such as the additional placement / year abroad  and other undergraduate opportunities can be found here.

As one of the largest providers of continuous postgraduate Social Work training in the South East we are proud of our long-established programmes and excellent reputation with employers. Our research and teaching derives from the key objective of ensuring that contemporary social work, health and social care practice can be informed at every level by a sound knowledge and value base.

In our social work programmes, we  are committed to developing critically-reflective research-informed practitioners who can provide effective social work services for the most vulnerable in our society, within an anti-oppressive framework. Teaching and learning are underpinned by  a wide variety of commissioned research in national and international social work and health arenas. Our supportive learning environment receives excellent feedback from students, many of whom return to continue their advanced training and research.

  • A diverse and vibrant student community
  • Strong partnerships across the Greater London and south-east region  
  • Great variety of placements in all settings, including opportunities for undergraduate additional placement year and /or volunteering
  • Academic staff with professional, teaching and research qualifications
  • Teaching informed by our research and professional specialisms
  • Taught at our London campus (postgraduate courses only), and Egham campus (BSc Social Science)
  • High levels of employability within six months of completion

Social work admissions has moved to an online process. We welcome your application, please continue to apply via UCAS or Royal Holloway Direct. For more information about social work programmes see here:

MSc Social Work Brochure  

Undergraduate admissions via UCAS (L301)

For enquiries on undergraduate admissions you can contact Dr. Tim Sinnamon here.

For enquiries on postgraduate admissions you can contact Prof. Jill Marshall here.

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