About us

In the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology we deliver high quality teaching and learning, which enables students to develop into reflective and research-informed professionals. The department is an internationally leading centre for research in the field of social policy. 

The Department draws together expertise from across the fields of social policy, sociology and criminology. In our research and teaching, we explore how policy and practice can contribute to making a difference in people's lives - particularly those who may face disadvantage or social exclusion.

Studying Social Policy at Birmingham

The Social Policy programmes are characterised by a number of important and distinctive features, for example, programmes are based in an active and dynamic research department which provides research-led teaching; the content of our modules is highly contemporary and engaged; students are provided with employability support throughout their programme. The programme also offers student flexibility and choice, a feature which is most effectively illustrated through exploring the course structure.


The Department is located within the Muirhead Tower and enjoys hi-spec, hi-tech teaching facilities. Close to the grand traditional redbrick buildings of Aston Webb with its Great Hall, Chancellor's Court and the imperious Joseph Chamberlain clock Tower, the Department is conveniently located on our leafy, green Edgbaston campus. The main Library is situated near to the Muirhead Tower and other libraries, including Medical, Education and Law, are only a short walk away.

International students

At Birmingham University and in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, we have a long experience of welcoming students from all over the world. Over the years many students have successfully completed their degrees and enjoyed the experience of living and studying in the city of Birmingham before returning to flourishing careers in their home countries whilst retaining their links with us.