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Leeds School of Social Sciences

A dynamic academic community where students work alongside staff

The Leeds School of Social Sciences undertakes high quality research and teaching in the disciplines of Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Speech and Language Sciences, and Politics and International Relations. We have a strong commitment to research led teaching and to supporting the development of our students as critical, creative and capable individuals, able to contribute to society as active and enterprising citizens and pursue successful careers.

Our research work addresses key issues of public concern and aims to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. Many of our academic staff were submitted in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and were recognised as producing "world leading", "internationally excellent" and "internationally recognised" research.

We also recently launched our Cold Case Unit where, working alongside Locate International - a community interest company set up to help the families of missing people - our students have the opportunity to progress police investigations by reviewing long-term unsolved missing person cases.

We make effective use of innovative approaches to teaching and learning on our courses and have high levels of student satisfaction in courses across our school. For example, our criminology students can study alongside people who are currently within the prison system, providing new opportunities for learning and sharing diverse perspectives.

We offer great support to our students to support their learning and prepare them for future success. We are leading the way in developing flexible and online learning opportunities and developing the use of games in education. Many of our courses also provide students with the opportunity to undertake professional placements or volunteering.

Find out more about the Leeds School of Social Sciences in our Winter Newsletter.

Leeds School of Social Sciences


Rachel Julian

Our Research

We undertake high quality research in the disciplines of Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Speech and Language Sciences, and Politics and International Relations.

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For Business

We offer a number of professional services for business. Whether you’re looking for collaboration on a project or are in need of expert consultancy we can more than meet your needs. We provide:

  • Consultancy.
  • Contract research (including service evaluation).
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
  • Access to modern facilities.
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