World-leading expertise in the social sciences and law
The faculty spans seven schools:
School of Accounting and Finance
The School of Accounting and Finance builds on a tradition of scholarship and learning in the joint disciplines of accounting and finance established over a long period here at the University of Bristol.
Our educational purpose is to equip our students with the knowledge base and skill set to be global citizens and succeed in their chosen careers. Our teaching enriches the lives of many young people from around the world, and our glittering array of alumni from over the last 70 years illustrates the contribution that our educational programmes have gone on to make in business and society through our students.
Our research critically addresses the significant challenges that face individuals, communities and organisations and we strive to influence policymakers and regulators as they in turn respond to changes in the world around us. Changes that are driven by processes of globalisation, inequalities, digital innovations, and a recognition of environmental and social sustainability.
School of Economics
The School of Economics has a distinctive focus and reputation: we combine innovative, policy-focused research and a firm commitment to public and policy engagement with high-level advances in economic theory, structural modelling and econometrics.
A key feature of Bristol economics research is a commitment to being outward-focused through multi-disciplinary as well as policy-relevant research. We were among the top economic departments in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and were ranked first for the impact of our research on the basis of strong case studies that clearly demonstrated how research had shaped health and education policy and regulation.
School of Education
The School of Education promotes effective learning by educating future educators and delivering multidisciplinary research and development work. We are a large, international community of students and staff working in close partnership with academics and practitioners at local, national and international levels.
Our teaching programmes span postgraduate teacher education, masters degrees and doctoral programmes ranging from the deeply reflective to the highly technical. Our students benefit from the strength of our research, the breadth of our academic expertise and excellent resources in our newly-refurbished Education Library. The school’s teacher training programme was awarded ‘Outstanding Provider Status’ by Ofsted in 2011.
Our internationally-recognised researchers and national and international visitors create a collaborative and vibrant research culture. We have an extensive portfolio of funded research projects supported by bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department for International Development. The atmosphere is exciting, diverse, creative and welcoming, with regular research events, seminars and research development days for both staff and research students.
We provide specialist resources to education professionals including The Bristol Guide, a definitive guide to the law for students and teachers in England and Wales, and a Document Summary Service which delivers digests of UK government policy and reports on education to the desktops of practitioners.
School of Management
The School of Management offers high-quality teaching and our courses are challenging but prepare students for the real world. Our students learn to think critically and creatively about business, management and marketing. We are an ambitious department offering a dynamic and supportive environment to work and study in.
Research in the school has a global impact on subject including gender equality, sustainability and international business management.
School for Policy Studies
The School for Policy Studies delivers world-class research, education and professional training in social policy, public policy and social work. Our research intensive community attracts academics and students from many different specialisms and walks of life. We have a globally-recognised reputation for informing and changing the world of policy in the fields of disability studies, exercise, nutrition and health, family and child welfare, health and social care, poverty and social justice and urban studies.
Our experts come from a range of backgrounds in social policy research, social work, sociology, history, human geography, economics, psychology, and nutrition and health sciences. We attract funding from international bodies such as the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the EU and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, applying multidisciplinary expertise to policy-relevant research for governments, charities and research councils worldwide. The school also benefits from Hadley Trust funding for work on adoption and fostering and from the NSPCC for child welfare research.
Our students explore policy and practice with our leading experts on programmes from undergraduate to doctoral level launching them into a range of successful careers including policymaking, youth work and charity work. We also offer professional training to students embarking on careers in social work and educational psychology.
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies is an interdisciplinary research and teaching environment. Our lively community of scholars brings together world-leading sociologists, political scientists, theorists, empirical researchers and talented students to address the complex issues of our increasingly globalised society through innovative, imaginative and relevant research, education and debate.
Through a portfolio of funded research, publications and public engagement activity, the school’s cutting-edge research connects directly with the issues facing our global society such as international relations and security, ethnicity and migration, gender, global development and cultural and social theory.
Our leading experts work at the intersection between sociology, politics and international relations delivering conceptual, empirical and policy-relevant research, and attracting research funding from organisations such as the Leverhulme Trust, the European Union, the Department for International Development and the British Academy.
Our students investigate contemporary social and political issues with leading academics through an extensive range of study programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels. The school’s cosmopolitan student body actively contributes to our vibrant scholarly community, participating in research seminars, reading groups, visiting speaker lectures and conferences.
University of Bristol Law School
The University of Bristol Law School is one of the largest and most successful in the UK, with an outstanding reputation for teaching and research.
We offer qualifying law degrees, specialist taught Masters and postgraduate research opportunities which equip students with the skills and attributes for successful careers in the legal profession and beyond. Studying in the iconic architectural surroundings of the Wills Memorial building, our students also benefit from research led teaching, study abroad options in Europe and the Far East, an excellent law library, opportunities to debate and enter moots, and pro bono work options with the Innocence Project, the Law Clinic and the internationally-renowned Human Rights Implementation Centre.
Ninety per cent of the school’s research was recognised to be of international quality in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008. Supported by a range of funders such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the Legal Services Commission, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the European Commission, our research experts advise, publish and conduct world-leading research in a wide range of legal and socio-legal fields, including commercial law, criminal law and justice, family law, property, employment law, legal theory, international law, human rights, socio-legal methods, the law of obligations, and public law.
They offer a wide choice of programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and are strongly committed to inter-disciplinary and collaborative research work across the departments, the schools and the faculty as a whole.
The School of Geographical Sciences spans both the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law and the Faculty of Science. Human Geography sits within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.
The faculty also works closely with the Policy Press, a leading publisher of social science research.