College of Social Science

Welcome to the College of Social Science.The Attenborough Tower

The College includes a wide range of social science disciplines and supports interdisciplinary work across its departments and diverse research centres. It is home to approximately 11,500 students and 400 staff.

The departments and research centres listed below are all members of the College.


Research Centres

About us

We are passionate about both teaching and research and committed to providing our students with a research-led teaching environment where academic excellence is combined with a friendly student-centred learning experience.

The excellence of our research was recognised in the 2008 National Research Assessment Exercise, with 84% of our research activity classified as internationally significant.

One of the hallmarks of the College is its diversity. Our students and staff come from many different countries. Nearly one-third of our campus-based students come from overseas and they make a valuable contribution to the international atmosphere of the College. We also welcome students from all backgrounds and are committed to providing excellent opportunities for everyone. Many of our students study by distance learning and benefit from the innovative teaching methods we have developed and implemented at Leicester.

The quality of our teaching is recognised consistently in the national annual university league tables. For example, the Department of Criminology was ranked third in the Guardian University Guide 2015, and both the Department of Media and Communications and the School of Management were ranked in the top twenty.

The College’s students give their courses consistently high rankings in the National Student Survey. In the most recent survey our undergraduate students were overwhelmingly positive about their experience with us. For example, 96% of students in Criminology and 91% of students in Politics and International Relations were satisfied with their course.

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Contact Details

College of Social Science
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3875

PhD Research Methods forum

PhD students across the College of Social Science are invited to join a Research Methods Forum to share ideas and experience in a friendly and informal environment.  For further information and contact details...