Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

  • Ranked 9th in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • 4th for Sociology and 8th for both Anthropology and Philosophy in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Internationally recognised for work in science and technology studies, philosophical anthropology and the sociology of culture
  • Funding opportunities available through ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social sciences research

We provide a dynamic environment for postgraduate study.  Our students work in a friendly environment, in close contact with internationally recognised researchers in their field of study.

With academic staff holding doctorates in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Biochemistry and Physics, we are one of the most diverse academic units in any UK university. This interdisciplinarity means we are able to provide research and teaching programmes that unite empirical, historical-epistemological, practical, theoretical and critical perspectives.

We excel in areas such as the study of culture, science and technology, and the changing boundaries and identities humankind faces in the 21st century. We can, for example, approach a complex and timely question such as the nature of agency, across disciplinary boundaries. Our work is both descriptively and normatively oriented and our research has been published by Cambridge, Oxford, MIT, Chicago, University of California, Harvard, Routledge, Sage and other leading publishers.