Social Sciences


Two students chat while sitting in the foyer of Creative Edge.

Our Social Sciences degrees immerse you in the study of society and human behaviour, expand your sociological imagination and examine the social, cultural, economic and political forces that influence individuals and communities around the world.

You can explore the changing local, national and global situations which shape the lives of children and their families, study the perceptions and realities of children and early childhood, or focus on themes central to the development of contemporary societies.

You will gain the skills required to become a critical independent thinker as you specialise in childhood and youth studies, early childhood studies or sociology, or a combination of these and other subjects, with the opportunity to broaden your horizons through work-based learning and field trips in the UK and Europe.


Two students walk outside Creative Edge near Chancellors South halls of residence.The Department of Social Sciences is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary facilities for Social Sciences students.

The building features a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

Open Days

A prospective student reads a printed open day guide as he walks with his parents near the Catalyst building.If you are considering studying at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into the student experience is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day.

You can tour the campus, including the halls of residence, with a student guide. There will also be opportunities to attend presentations and view subject facilities.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, we offer a range of other events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours.

View open day dates and book your place