10 Reasons To Study With Us

Social Sciences School - 10 Reasons Why Image 710x299 - Woman looking at a brain Here are our top 10 reasons to choose the School of Social Sciences.

1. Student Satisfaction

Overall, the School of Social Sciences scored a 91% overall satisfaction rate in the National Student Survey 2017. This quality is further reflected in our Criminology (93%), Psychology (95%) and Sociology (96%) courses scoring similarly high results.

2. Making sense of the world

We want to give you the skills you need to make a difference in the world. So that's why our courses focus on the real world application of theory, ensuring that you can make a real impact on the fields of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology when you graduate. 

3. Year-long Placements

On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in your career. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your Undergraduate degree course.

4. Pioneering Courses

We pride ourselves on being a pioneering school, and are so proud to be the home of Europe's first Black Studies degree. We also created the first combined Criminology and Security Studies degree.

5. Accreditation

Our Psychology degree courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society. This means that on successfully completing your Undergraduate degree with a pass of over 50%, you will gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. This allows you to pursue a career path in Psychology through accredited Master’s and Doctoral programmes throughout the UK.

6. Travel Scholarships

There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.

7. Birmingham Links

You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to Birmingham, the UK's second city. Our campus is also at the heart of the multi-million pound Eastside redevelopment project, which will put us right on the doorstep of the new HS2 trainline. 

8. Graduate +

As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.

9. Expert Talks

Our close links to industry mean we regularly host talks with leading experts in the fields of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology. The University also puts together exciting "City Talks" discussion panels on topical issues throughout the year.

10. Experienced Staff

You’ll learn from industry experienced staff, who help inform social policy all the way up to 10 Downing Street, with Dr Imran Awan advising the government on Islamaphobia and Hate Crime. The Head of Psychology Craig Jackson is also a frequent guest on news shows, discussing the psychological angle on the latest events.