The Department of Applied Social Studies offers a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment that puts itself at the forefront of the study of a range of contemporary social issues such as creativity, identity, investigation and insecurity. Our dynamic staff are leading innovative undergraduate programmes; their wealth of experience in teaching, research and practice helps our students address many questions that are crucial to understanding the rapidly changing world in the twenty-first century.
The department is the home to an exciting and popular range of undergraduate programmes in Criminology, Forensic Studies, Geography and Sociology. These courses draw on the expertise of our own staff as well as other specialists from across the University and beyond. They produce informed, engaged, critical graduates who are experts in their own field but able to look beyond the boundaries of their own disciplines.
We offer an MSc in Applied Criminology (subject to validation) and we warmly welcome enquieries about postgraduate research.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
REF 2014 saw the first Sociology submission from the University of Winchester. The
submission comprised a team drawn from two faculties across the
University, with a diversity of interests but all characterised by a
sociological perspective on the problems and issues they address through
The department has research specialisms in youth, gender and migration and the ways in which these intersect with culture, crime and creativity. The department also hosts the Crime and Justice Research Centre.
The department has dedicated specialist facilities across King Alfred
Campus. Find out more about Applied Social Studies facilities.