A global outlook

The Department of Social Sciences is an environment of critical enquiry and rigorous research. Global perspectives run through undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and across the fields of biological and social anthropology, geography, international relations, politics and sociology.

Students and academic staff in the faculty are engaged in the exploration of human diversity and the effects of human actions and interactions in an ever globalising landscape. Our innovative and influential research has received international recognition; changing attitudes and informing policy across areas as diverse as the conservation of primates, gendered practices in family and work lives, and Eastern European politics.

Community, consultancy and conservation

Students and academic staff work with a variety of local, national and international communities through our research, consultancy and partnerships.

Locally this includes disseminating research findings to local groups, ranging for example from workshops on terrorism to analysis of soils and sediment properties in Oxfordshire and beyond.

Nationally our researchers have been involved with excavations of monastery sites in Durham and the study of modernist architecture in towns and cities across the UK. As well as taking on advisory roles to Government departments and other thinks tanks and NGO’s.

Our researchers are also active all over the globe: from studying the human-wildlife conflict between farmers and Buton Macaque monkeys in Sulawesi, Indonesia to historical climate and environmental changes in the United Arab Emirates, our academic research teams are at every corner of the globe. We have experts on capitalism in South America, politics in Eastern Europe and in South Africa, identities in the Basque Region, oral traditions in Nepal, maternal health and cultural practices globally to chipped stone tools in Jordan, and domestic goddesses in India … to name just a small selection of the fascinating research undertaken by staff in the Department.

Teaching, learning and research

Whether you are studying as an undergraduate, postgraduate or for a higher degree, we've created a vibrant learning environment. Our inspiring staff team includes national award-winning teachers, sought-after experts and leading, award-winning researchers.

They’ve designed the curricula to develop your specialist knowledge and prepare you for future employment in commercial, public, academic and other sectors.

Research in the department is broadly organised under the following current areas:

  • European politics and social change
  • Gender
  • Critical international studies
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Human origins and palaeo-environments (HOPE)
  • Primates and wildlife conservation

For postgraduates we offer taught Master’s programmes in International Studies (International Relations), International Studies (Global Political Economy), International Studies (Environment) International Studies (Security), International Relations and International Law, and Primate Conservation. All our teaching is designed and informed by research active staff. This means that you will have opportunities to learn from experts in the field of study as well as potential opportunities to take part in ongoing research.

For those of you pursuing higher degrees, we run a thriving doctoral programme with research supervision and support offered across a range of areas related to our expertise. You will be joining a collaborative research community. This includes opportunities to attend and participate in regular and vibrant seminar series within the department, Faculty and University. Other events focused on aspects of the PhD journey are also organised to help ensure that students get the most from their doctoral studies.

Alumni and networks

Stay connected with the Department and with other Oxford Brookes alumni via our Linked In and Facebook groups and alumni societies. The friends and connections you make at university will last you a lifetime and may prove invaluable as you venture out into a world beyond study.

Social science graduates are highly-valued by employers in public, private and non-government sectors for a range of skills including numeracy, literacy, communication, problem-solving, research methods and being able to engage a comparative perspective. Social sciences graduates have gone on to enjoy varied careers in a number of NGO, public and commercial settings.

Would you like to share your experiences and expertise with our current students? Or perhaps attend an Open Day with our prospective students? Or maybe you’d like to organise a reunion? Well we’d love to hear from all of you.