Professor Debra Myhill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean

About Us

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies carries out excellent research and teaching across a number of related disciplines. Our areas of expertise include Arab and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, Politics, Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology and Strategy and Security.

The core mission of the College is to

  • Provide the very best educational experience for our students which:
    • equips them for life, career-wise and socially;
    • creates the future generation of researchers, thinkers, enablers
    • is innovative, intellectually challenging and distinctive
  • Generate the very best social science research which:
    • makes a difference to how we understand human behaviour and interactions
    • makes a significant academic and theoretical contribution
    • has an impact on professional practice and policy

Interdisciplinary collaboration is a hallmark of the College, reflected both in research and our varied curriculum which offers flexibility and choice. Our areas of interdisciplinary excellence include Middle East Politics and European Law.

With around 187 academic staff, 1700 undergraduates and 1400 postgraduate students in the College, we carry out research and teaching at the University’s campuses at Streatham, St Luke's and Cornwall. We believe our size and quality enable us to not only develop world leading research but also offer a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes that are dynamic, flexible, and taught with a high degree of commitment and skill.

High quality teaching

  • A very wide range of undergraduate programmes, each with considerable flexibility in module selection, is supplemented by options that allow even wider choice both within and outside the College.
  • All our programmes are based on research-led teaching and are structured to offer growing disciplinary expertise while developing key generic skills sought by employers.
  • We are part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre, one of the largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists in the UK.
  • Our postgraduate students have access to a wide range of funding awards offered by the College and organisations such as the AHRC

World leading research

  • We are home to a number of major research projects which seek to push back academic boundaries and have important policy and societal implications.
  • The College hosts numerous research conferences, seminars and workshops, and is also home to several international journals.
  • Close cooperation between and across disciplinary groupings improves the quality and diversity of our teaching as well as encouraging the free movement of ideas and cross-disciplinary exchanges.