The School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University is a large and vibrant academic community which offers a wide range of qualifications in diverse disciplines including psychology, criminology, sociology, youth, health and social care, politics, international relations, education and social work. We are a close-knit community with lots of ways that you can get involved in the life of the School, from attending research seminars to joining the Psychology or Criminology societies.
Our aim is to provide the highest quality education and to equip you with the skills that will help you to make a success of your career. Our students are taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff, many of whom are involved in innovative research or are published authors in their specialist areas. You’ll learn through a combination of traditional lectures and group seminars; and depending on your course, you may also have the opportunity to take part in debates, presentations and group discussions. We also regularly invite renowned experts and professionals in related fields to come and talk to our students.
Our research gives you the edge
We have an established reputation for high quality and socially relevant research. Research informs the content of our courses and ensures that they are up-to-date and relevant to our student’s future careers.
Professionally recognised courses
Many of our courses are accredited, validated or recognised by their associated professional body. Our undergraduate Psychology courses taught on our City Campus are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and our Social Work course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, providing you with a recognised degree and future employers with confident and capable graduates.
The School of Social Sciences is located in the centre of NTU’s City Campus, with a wide range of facilities designed to help you excel. Our open access PCs are available for you to work between lectures, and depending on your course you may also be able to take advantage of our media suite and Law courts. Our dedicated Psychology laboratories include an undergraduate teaching laboratory, and specialist research laboratories including eye trackers, motion capture labs and a £80,000 EEG system.
We provide a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad and gain valuable international experience, enhance their life skills, and really stand out to potential employers. We offer a range of international programmes which vary in length, both in Europe and further afield.
Succeed with Social Sciences
Our graduates have an enviable track record of going on to achieve successful careers, and we offer specialist careers advice to our students throughout their time at NTU. We support our students to develop their employability skills and plan their next steps in order to maximise their potential and meet their career goals.
Why choose Nottingham to study Social Sciences?
Nottingham is truly a student city; with two major universities and 60,000 students choosing to make it their home. From shopping to museums, cafes, sports, music venues and nightlife; Nottingham offers something for everyone.
We are proud of the strong relationships we enjoy with groups and organisations in and around Nottingham; from HMP Whatton to Framework Housing Association, alongside our own research centres such as the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families. Not only will these links enrich your learning experience, they also give you the opportunity to get involved and make a difference to the lives of individuals and groups in our local community.
Politics and International Relations
The staff in our Department of Politics and International Relations are recognised nationally and internationally for their research activity, media contribution and consultancy work, and are passionate about translating this expertise into the classroom.
Psychology has been recognised for its teaching excellence, while also having a strong national and international research profile. Our undergraduate courses taught on the City Campus, postgraduate psychology conversion courses and our MSc Forensic Psychology are all accredited by the British Psychological Society.
Social Work and Health
The Department of Social Work and Health brings together a team of staff from a range of academic and professional backgrounds in the areas of social work, public health and social care. The team strives for excellence in both teaching and research while maintaining close working relationships with organisations.
The Department of Sociology offers courses in the areas of sociology, criminology, youth and career guidance. These subject areas are all concerned with thinking critically about the social world in which we live and supporting and protecting people and the environment across and within complex and diverse contexts.