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Social sciences

You want to learn more about how history has shaped modern times; explore politics, social issues and public services; or tackle the philosophical questions that have captivated humanity for millenia. At ARU, you’ll benefit from the support of our dedicated staff and strong industry links, as well as opportunities to go on work placements. Develop your thinking, along with important skills for your future career.

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Here at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking to educate, entertain, inspire and understand people, as well as improving their lives.

We believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people. Explore your fascination with human society and social relationships - and help solve real-world issues that affect us all.

Our degrees let you explore your interests, boost your knowledge and expand your horizons. They’re designed with your career in mind. In social sciences, that means you’ll be supported by research-active staff and leading practitioners from the fields of history, sociology and international relations.

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Criminology and Sociology

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Delve in to understanding pressing crime and social issues
  • Examine the trial process, methods of rehabilitation and more
  • Enhance your professional CV with a semester abroad

History

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years
,
4 years with placement
,
4 years with foundation
Course features
  • Come face-to-face with the past to reflect on the present and future
  • Hands-on experiences with our local links in Cambridge
  • Enhance your professional CV with a semester abroad

History and Archaeology

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
University Centre Peterborough
Available as:
Part-time
Course features
Here’s the ideal practical and academic preparation for a career in the archaeological, museum or archive worlds.

History and English Literature

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
University Centre West Anglia (King's Lynn)
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
History and English are fascinating subjects in their own right, but studying them together is excellent training for analysing and expressing complex ideas generally. In other words, you'll be developing abilities that will be useful in a vast range of careers and which employers especially value.

Contemporary Ethics

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Distance learning
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Gain an in-depth understanding of ethics and how its applied in the context of cultural and religious pluralism. This Masters degree is taught by Cambridge Theological Federation and accredited by ARU.

Contemporary Faith and Belief

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Distance learning
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Join a timely debate about the role of faith and belief, and acquire skills to interpret the world from a theological perspective. This Masters degree is taught by Cambridge Theological Federation and accredited by ARU.

Future Humanities

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
1 year
,
2 years
Course features
  • Explore the connections between social and environmental responsibility
  • Address the ecological and political challenges facing our world today
  • Learn to become an 'action researcher'

History

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
1 year full-time
,
16 months full-time
,
28 months part-time
,
33 months part-time
Course features
  • Explore contrasting periods of history
  • Develop your critical awareness and research skills
  • Become a true historian, able to sustain arguments and solve problems

History

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to join one of our research projects or explore your own interests in History, supported by the expertise of our staff.

International Relations

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Explore international relations in theory and practice: our PhD programme will support you in discovering and creating new knowledge about global politics and international relations.
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