We offer a stimulating teaching and research environment in an open, informal and friendly setting and warmly welcome students and researchers from all over the world, as well as the UK.
The city of York itself was the site of one of the world’s first scientific studies of poverty, Seebohm Rowntree’s Poverty: A study of Town Life (1901). This groundbreaking work was reprinted with a preface by Professor of Social Policy, Jonathan Bradshaw in 2001.
Professor John Hudson - Head of Department
5th in the UK and 22nd in the world for Social Policy
QS World University Rankings by subject 2021
REF 2014 Results
3rd in the UK for overall research and equal 1st for research impact
Times Higher Education's ranking of REF 2014 results
World class teaching and research staff
About Social Policy
Understand the causes of social problems and how societies attempt to address them, both nationally and internationally.
Applied Social Science
Multi-disciplinary degree programmes going beyond the welfare state and looking at applied issues, allowing for specialisms in other area of interest.
Public Policy and Management
Online professional development programmes at postgraduate level, designed for those working in or with public services and non-governmental organisations.
Study one of our cross-departmental degrees in Criminology, Law and Criminology or Social and Political Sciences to understand how social policy affects all aspects of society.
We have a world class teaching community, and consistently achieve high rankings in national and international university league tables.
Our multi-disciplinary degree programmes feature flexible modules which allow students to choose specialisms within the course or maintain a broad approach.
Our academics carefully design our courses so that you get the most from your time working with teaching staff or studying on your own. You’ll understand what you’re aiming for and why at every stage of study.
You’ll also feel confident about applying the skills and knowledge you learn throughout your course to new situations, such as placements or jobs.
Join us and learn how we are working to tackle the big issues that affect society at a local, national and global level.
Our research informs our teaching and covers a broad range of subjects including child welfare, poverty, health and social care, global policy, mental health, housing policy and crime.
One of our key strengths is our collaborative approach working with a wide range of stakeholders such as governments, campaigning organisations, public sector and businesses. As part of this approach we engage with citizens, service users and carers.
89% of our leavers were in employment and/or further study 15 months after their course
Graduate Outcomes 2017/18 (HESA)
Our degrees are recognised by employers worldwide. Alongside academic knowledge you’ll gain employability skills and have the opportunity to gain work experience on placements.
We hold a Bronze Athena Swan Award
"Receiving an award means a huge amount of analysis and self-reflection has taken place in these departments to understand where they can make changes to tackle the everyday barriers that still exist in the pursuit of true gender equality."
Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement, and Chair of the Athena Swan Steering Group.