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The Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Athena Swan Bronze Award logoWelcome to the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics website.

We address contemporary issues in areas like health, education and the workplace. As well as our courses in psychology, sociology and politics, we offer joint degrees in combination with criminology, education and history.

Our courses are focused on employability, applying theoretical learning to the real world.

In response to the demand in industry for graduates with an understanding of international perspectives, we give all our students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester. We have student exchange agreements with universities in Canada, Australia and USA, as well as parts of Europe.

Our staff have teaching and research interests in a broad range of social sciences including psychology, sociology, social policy, politics and anthropology. They conduct research for local authorities and government bodies, and consultancy work for business.


  • Study with us
  • Research
  • Industry links
  • International links
  • Facilities

Study with us

At the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics, we give you the best possible start to your career.

Whichever course you're on, you'll have the chance to experience the world of work. Our students have had placements with • the deputy prime minister's office • St Anne's Mental Health Service • the Green Party • the Broughton Trust community research projects • South Yorkshire Police • Sheffield City Council • the Children's Hospital Charity.

We'll make sure you gain the skills employers want, like problem-solving, and how to handle and analyse data.

And because you're more likely to get a job if you have an international outlook, we'll give you the chance to spend a term studying abroad. We have partner universities in the USA, Canada, Australia and European countries including Poland, the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia and Slovakia.

Research

Our department has two research and scholarship groups - Psychology and Sociology, and Politics and Policy.

We conduct research into topics including • health and wellbeing • behaviour change • language • education • the brain and cognition • heritage studies • equality and social inclusion • gender and sexualities • ethnicity and religion • social policy.

45% of our psychology research was recognised as internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

Our researchers work collaboratively both across the University and externally with universities, organisations and businesses. We currently have links with the Universities of York, Sheffield and Plymouth, the Open University, regional health trusts, charities and a number of overseas universities (for example in Australia and Canada).

Find out about our PhD and Early Career Researcher Forum.

Industry links

We have excellent links with businesses and organisations across Sheffield and beyond. By sharing our expertise and carrying out consultancy for businesses we have a real impact in our local community.

Our collaborations with organisations are varied. Recently we've worked with South Yorkshire Police on a road safety initiative, and used psychological techniques to help reduce accidents for VolkerRail, one of the leading UK rail infrastructure contractors.

Our staff also contribute to international conferences and are often invited to comment on current affairs in the media.

If you're interested in working with us, contact our business development lead Jane Morgan at j.l.morgan@shu.ac.uk or 0114 225 5587.

International links

Our international connections are an integral part of our work. Our students come from all over the world, including India, Iraq and Ghana.

We teach sociology and politics on collaborative courses in Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Developments are also underway in Malaysia for collaborative teaching in psychology.

In response to the demand in industry for graduates with an understanding of international perspectives, we give all our students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester. We have student exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Canada, Australia and European countries including Poland, the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia and Slovakia.

Facilities

Our main psychology laboratory has dedicated software that allows you to run computerised experiments and analyse both quantitative and qualitative data.

We also have

  • advanced eye-tracking technology
  • electroencephalograph (EEG) facilities
  • a low-level vision laboratory
  • an observation suite with three high-definition video cameras and microphones
  • a portable neurofeedback machine

There's also space for more general purpose laboratory work such as running focus groups and one-to-one interviews.

And you'll have access to a number of other research facilities across the University, including soundproof and climate control rooms.

Read more detailed information about our facilities listed above.

Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK

Phone +44 (0)114 225 5555 | Fax +44 (0)114 225 4449

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