Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and Politics

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Welcome to the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and Politics

The department is home to a high-quality range of programmes in:

Criminology (UG and PG)

• Forensic Studies (UG)

• Policing (UG)

• Politics (UG and PG)

• Sociology (UG and PG)

Our courses in Criminology and Forensic Studies draw on the expertise of our own staff as well as other specialists from across the University and beyond. We also offer an MSc in Applied Criminology and we warmly welcome enquiries about postgraduate research.

The Department is home to the Institute of Policing (IoP). The IoP is a collaboration between the University and policing and criminal justice partners, working together to meet the professional requirements of modern policing and to develop high-quality, evidence-based education within the police service.

We offer 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, and 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 21st century.

We are leading the way in producing creative, dynamic research that makes a difference in the real world. All of our staff are actively engaged in research and engagement and the creation of new knowledge that feeds directly into our programmes.

We work collaboratively for positive change in the local, national and global community. The Department has developed strong external relationships and students have been able to do placements with a wide variety of organisations. In some cases this has led to subsequent employment. Students are encouraged to be proactive about placements and to seek out their own work experience opportunities within their course; however, a number of staff maintain close links with a range of external organisations and are able to provide advice and assistance.

The department has dedicated specialist facilities. The Forensic Studies programme is well equipped to undertake both fieldwork and laboratory-based projects.

Meet the team

Head of Department

Dr Gary Jones, Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Criminology and Policing

Criminology and Policing

Academic staff

Other lecturing staff

For further information on Policing, visit the webpage of our Institute of Policing.

Forensic Studies



Other Lecturing staff

Research and laboratory staff

David Ashby, Criminology and Forensic Studies Laboratory Technician

Research in Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and Politics

Research strengths, centres and groups

Research in Criminology, Forensics and Policing

Crime scene investigation; forensic archaeology and forensic linguistics (for Forensic Psychology, see Psychology Research).

Departmental Criminologists also play a key role in the Criminal Justice Research Networka collaboration of practitioners and academics working in the field of criminal justice, led by University of Winchester forensic psychology, criminology and policing experts. 

Research in Politics

Political economy, financial crises, neoliberalism and capitalist restructuring, financialisation and the political economy of labour and production, international relations, war and conflict, terrorism and security, contemporary US politics and US foreign policy, China, NATO, the EU, Brexit, and the relationship between politics and gender.

See also the Centre for Parliament and Public Law.

Research in Sociology

Social welfare from a socio-legal perspective; gender, feminism and social activism; migration and diasporas; social sustainability; people's experiences with housing and the urban built environment, and energy and environmental technology.

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Visit the Research Degrees section to find out everything you need to know about postgraduate research degrees at Winchester.