Social and Political Sciences: University of Cambridge

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MPhil, PhD
Social and Political Sciences: University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Political Science
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MPhil in Modern Society and Global Transformations: 14 March; MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology: 31 March; MPhil in Politics: 29 February; PhD: 3 March
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Social and Political Sciences is an interdisciplinary faculty committed to theoretically strong, empirically informed research.

Key research areas:

  • Child and developmental psychology
  • Psychology and social policy
  • Social theory
  • Economic and political sociology
  • Inequality, stratification and gender
  • Family and life course
  • Health and illness
  • Media and new technologies
  • Politics
  • Social psychology

They cover the following areas:

  • Sociology:
    This includes research concerning social and cultural theory; firms, organisations and economic change; work, inequality and gender; family diversity and household change; ageing and life course; citizenship and civil society; media, culture and new technologies; health, illness and the body; religion and ethnicity.
  • Social and developmental psychology:
    This includes social and emotional development; social representations; social cognition; emotions and personality; psychological impact of employment and unemployment; psychology and public policy; psychological aspects of the new genetics; developmental psychopathology; memory retrieval in forensic contexts; parent-child relationships; gender development.
  • Politics:
    Political theory, international politics, including war and its aftermath and the politics of the international economy, comparative politics, including revolution, political transition and political competition, interests in Britain, the EU, Africa, the Middle East and the USA.

As well as the topics listed above, the Faculty has a number of research groups, which graduate students may belong to and work with.

These are:

  • Centre for Family Research:
    Marriage, divorce, childhood and kinship: including cross-cultural and comparisons and some historical aspects; new family forums, parent-child relationships and child development; social, psychological and ethical aspects of the new genetics and reproduction; adolescence and the transition to adulthood; sexuality and parenthood. For further details of the Centre's research programme please consult their website:
  • Sociological Research Group:
    Central interests of the group include the structure and reproduction of inequality and social exclusion, through family, work and community. Research includes family and household change; attitudinal and value changes; education, social capital, social policy and social welfare; inequalities in health and illness; homelessness; gender inequalities; youth at risk; life course transitions; division of labour, both domestic and labour force; occupational gender segregation; job security, self-employment, atypical employment, stress in new forms of work, migrant labour, unemployment and labour market disadvantage. Research includes both historical and cross-national comparisons, including Europe, Eastern Europe and North America. The SRG has links with research groups in Britain, China, Eastern Europe, Europe, Japan and North America.

Research collaborations:

They have strong links with many other University departments, ranging from History and Psychiatry to Clinical Medicine.

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