Radcliffe Camera
The Radcliffe Camera, seen from the Bodleian Quad
(Image Credit: Christopher Wills)

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Division comprises the largest grouping of social sciences in the UK, home to a number of outstanding departments, including the Saïd Business School and the recently established Blavatnik School of Government.

All Oxford's departments in the Social Sciences are committed to research to develop a greater understanding of all aspects of our complex society, from the impact of political, legal and economic systems on social and economic welfare to human rights and security, disseminating this research through innovative graduate courses.

A wide range of courses is offered, many of which are Research Council recognised and provide preparation for doctoral work, as well as being discrete programmes of advanced study in their own right; others provide a professional qualification. All are rooted in research of international standing and students have access to a well-resourced, active research environment. 

The purpose-built Centre for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, adjacent to the Faculty of Law houses the Departments of Economics, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. This building also houses the Bodleian Social Science Library and provides exceptional facilities for master’s courses and research students.

As one of the major providers of social science research in the UK, the University is one of twenty-one centres of postgraduate excellence accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Doctoral Training Centre. ESRC DTC studentships are available in a wide variety of training pathways in the social sciences, for both DPhil and master's-to-DPhil programmes.

Courses offered by the division

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Archaeology DPhil (Social Sciences Division)

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Economics DPhil
Economics MPhil
Education DPhil

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Law DPhil

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Politics DPhil

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Sociology DPhil

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