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Social Policy and Social Work

Welcome to the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. 

We combine theoretical studies of social issues with a practical focus on developing the change makers of tomorrow. You can study Social Policy or start your journey to becoming a qualified social worker. Find out more about our courses and what it's like to be a student here with York Virtual Visit.

New, phenomenal facilities

As a student, you'll have access to a huge range of state-of-the-art facilities including our brand new Church Lane Building.

Committed to equality

We are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of the work we do to support gender equality.

World-class department

5th in the UK and 22nd in the world for Social Policy and Administration
QS World University Rankings by subject 2021

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Take a look at how we can potentially solve such social problems as poverty and inequality, while considering why this may be difficult.

Explore what higher education is all about and learn tips for making the most of your university life and study.

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University of the Year shortlisted

“York is everything an outstanding university should be”

Find out how we made the shortlist for University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Our University of the Year nomination

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