The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham offers a diverse range of courses across business, economics, education, geography, law, politics and international relations, and sociology and social policy.

Reputation for excellence

The University of Nottingham is a worldwide top 100 university and ranks in the top 50 for a number of social sciences subjects in the latest QS World University Rankings. A truly global institution, with campuses in China and Malaysia, Nottingham welcomes students from across the globe.

It offers a dynamic learning community where teaching is underpinned by world-leading research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, the University ranked 8th in the UK on a measure of 'research power', and more than 97% of its research is recognised internationally. The faculty makes a valuable contribution to this with research that has wide-ranging impacts on society, including the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment.

Inspirational location

Schools within the faculty are based in the heart of England, across University Park and Jubilee Campus. Covering 300 acres, University Park is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, with a boating lake and rolling green hills. It is only 10 minutes by bus from the vibrant Nottingham city centre, and well connected by a tram network. Jubilee Campus has won numerous awards for its innovative, eco-friendly buildings, and its lakeside setting and contemporary sculptures make it an inspiring learning environment.

Dedicated support network

The University guides you before you arrive and supports you throughout your studies. They provide information and guidance on numerous issues including international qualifications, visas, finance, working regulations and adjusting to life in the UK.

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the Centre for English Language Education provides courses before and during your studies, to develop your language skills to the required level.

The Careers and Employability Service offers careers advice for life, and Student Services assist with any personal or academic issues you may have.

Real-world learning

All of the schools in the faculty have valuable links with industry, and our courses equip you with the essential skills and specialist knowledge that you will need to achieve your professional goals.

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Programs taught in:
  • English

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LLB

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

This qualifying law degree covers the foundations of English law and allows you to specialize in areas of the subject according to your own interests. ... [+]

Overview

This qualifying law degree covers the foundations of English law and allows you to specialize in areas of the subject according to your own interests.

This course meets the demand from highly qualified students who wish to study law as an academic discipline, irrespective of whether they wish to pursue a career in legal practice.

You may apply at the beginning of year two to be transferred to one of the school's four-year degree courses, which incorporate a year abroad studying the law of that country. The school has partner law schools in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA.

This is highly competitive and transfer should not be assumed. For those intending to follow a legal career, the grounding in different legal systems will prove very attractive to prospective employers and, in particular, the leading international firms of solicitors..... [-]

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LLM

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

To meet the need for in-depth training in this area, this unique, part-time programme provides a 'gold standard' for education in this field. ... [+]

Overview

To meet the need for in-depth training in this area, this unique, part-time programme provides a 'gold standard' for education in this field.

Developments over the last two decades have made public procurement law one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of law. Given the extent to which legal rules now govern the day to-day conduct of most procurement activity, knowledge of procurement law has become vital for anyone working in public sector procurement.

This programme is open to those with a legal background and those without, and does not require a law degree. It is designed in particular for:

procurement officers whose role demands an understanding of the legal rules policy makers responsible for designing and implementing legal rules on procurement lawyers advising on public procurement those seeking to undertake research or teaching in public procurement ... [-]
United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
English
Part-time
10 - 24 months
Online & Campus Combined
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Offering a distinctively contextual approach to criminal justice, this course examines the theoretical, comparative and international aspects of the criminal process and ... [+]

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Offering a distinctively contextual approach to criminal justice, this course examines the theoretical, comparative and international aspects of criminal process and the penal system.

As well as providing substantive information about criminal law and its enforcement, it enables you to engage with the methodological foundations of research and scholarship, and to appreciate their implications for penal policymaking and practice.

The emphasis is on understanding issues, problems, institutions, processes and cultures of penal law and policy, against a backdrop of ever-increasing globalisation in criminality and law enforcement across national boundaries.

Criminal justice teaching and scholarship in the school is founded on the reputation and achievements of Sir John Smith, one of the greatest academic lawyers of the 20th century. Generations of lawyers across the common law world were first introduced to the subject by Smith and Hogan's Criminal Law.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
English
Full-time
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1 - 2 years
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

This course offers an insight into the international legal response to environmental challenges, from global warming to the destruction of vital habitat sites. ... [+]

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This course offers an insight into the international legal response to major global environmental challenges, from climate change to the destruction of vital habitat sites.

You will cover a wide range of relevant contemporary issues and will develop a solid grounding in international environmental law as applied in a particular context.

Modern techniques of environmental regulation are also addressed, including funding mechanisms for international environmental treaties, such as the biodiversity and ozone layer conventions, and procedural requirements for environmental impact assessment of certain activities under international law.

The School of Law has a high level of expertise in environmental law and related issues, and you will be taught by scholars actively researching in the field.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
English
Full-time
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1 - 2 years
Campus
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Offering a broad perspective on the governance of Europe, this course examines the role of its institutions in the global legal order. ... [+]

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The UK is at a crucial juncture in its relationship with the EU. Offering a broad perspective on the governance of Europe, this course examines the role of its institutions in the global legal order.

You will develop specialist knowledge of the law of the supranational European Union as well as the intergovernmental Council of Europe.

This course also addresses the substantive laws these institutions have adopted. You can choose modules in the aspects of European law that interest you, whether it is the Council of Europe's flagship European Convention on Human Rights or the EU's regulation of consumer protection or intellectual property regimes.

As the institutional home of several leading texts on EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights, the School of Law is a natural choice for pursuing your advanced studies in European law. Academic staff have strong reputations in various areas of European law, including fundamental rights, public procurement, international relations and intellectual property.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
English
Full-time
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1 - 2 years
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

With innovative module options, this course will expose you to the most exciting ideas and developments in international human rights law. ... [+]

Overview

With innovative module options, this course will expose you to the most exciting ideas and developments in international human rights law.

You will be provided with a thorough grounding in human rights law, as well as the opportunity to pursue more specialist interests such as economic and social rights, business and human rights, or imprisonment and human rights.

The School of Law has a particular strength in human rights law. Much of a academic staff are internationally recognised for their research in the area. They have advised governments, collaborated with various international organizations including the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and joined forces with NGOs in their human rights advocacy work. This blend of academic endeavor and practical work is often brought to the classroom, so you can see how human rights law can have an impact on the ground.... [-]

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September 2019
English
Full-time
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1 - 2 years
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This course examines how an increasingly globalized economy requires a commercial law to meet a variety of challenges. ... [+]

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This course examines how an increasingly globalised economy requires commercial law to meet a variety of challenges.

It reflects international business in its diversity, innovation, and contemporary relevance, exploring transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution issues, as well as shipping, finance and access to markets.

You can study topics that interest you, such as international trade, maritime law, private international law, intellectual property, public procurement, banking and finance, as well as those regimes created by the EU and the World Trade Organization.

We have an internationally renowned team of commercial lawyers, combining established experts with exciting early-career scholars. Published scholarship is extensive, with every member of the academic staff engaged in high quality research. The school is also home to the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
English
Full-time
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1 - 2 years
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Examining the law applicable before, during and after an armed conflict, this course explores current issues and modern challenges to the law and politics surrounding war ... [+]

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Examining the law applicable before, during and after an armed conflict, this course explores current issues and modern challenges to the law and politics surrounding war and justice.

With the rise of global terrorism, the traditional distinction between armed conflicts between states and internal armed conflict is being eroded. Meanwhile, international crimes are being perpetrated on a daily basis. How has the law dealt with this?

This course will help you develop a holistic overview of the law governing the use of force by states, the law applicable to the conduct of hostilities, and the international criminal justice system. You will consider current issues and modern challenges to the law and politics surrounding war and justice, as well as the legal and philosophical responses to international criminality.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
English
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1 - 2 years
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

With the opportunity to choose options in public and private international law, this course will enable you to obtain a broad-based qualification in international law. ... [+]

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With the opportunity to choose options in public and private international law, this course will enable to you to obtain a broad-based qualification in international law

You can choose from a wide range of modules that relate to international commercial law, European law, criminal justice, human rights law and general public international law.

The wide range of modules is delivered by an impressive and diverse array of talented academics. Members of the public international law team at Nottingham have published prize-winning works. Many also actively participate in policymaking and implementation of human rights norms at state and international levels.

There is much on offer for students who are interested in international law. We host a regular series of seminars through the International Law Association, which are delivered by distinguished visitors from across the world. Recent seminars have covered developments in refugee law, international environmental law and counter-terrorism.... [-]

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September 2019
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1 - 2 years
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This course helps develop an in-depth knowledge of the issues faced by developing states in the international order. ... [+]

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This course helps develop an in-depth knowledge of the issues faced by developing states in the international order.

Economic growth, implementation of human rights, fighting poverty levels, and improving health or education standards, have become central concerns for policymakers within developing states. The impact of legal standards and international rules in assisting developing states achieve their developmental aims has generated increasing interest from legal scholars and practitioners alike.

With a wide variety of modules, including the specialist module, Law, Development and the International Community, this course enables you to engage with the key questions that arise in the debates arising from development activity.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
English
Full-time
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1 - 2 years
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

With a wide range of optional modules, this course gives you the freedom to create a bespoke degree that is tailored to your interests and career aspirations. ... [+]

Overview

With a wide range of optional modules, this course gives you the freedom to create a programme of study that aligns with your interests and career aspirations.

You can choose from over 40 modules, covering a wide range of subjects. This means that, timetable permitting, you could combine International Sale of Goods with International Criminal Law, and International Investment Law with United Nations Law.

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Course details

You will complete 120 credits from the full selection of modules available, plus a 60-credit dissertation. Guidance and support on choosing a dissertation topic and designing your project will be provided through bespoke workshops and one-to-one support.... [-]

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September 2019
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Providing you with a general public international law qualification, this course can be tailored towards a particular specialist interest such as environmental protection ... [+]

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Providing you with a general public international law qualification, this course can be tailored towards a particular specialist interest such as environmental protection, international trade or human rights.

You will develop a solid grounding in the techniques of arguing and interpreting international law, and expertise in how these elements are put to the test in very different contexts, from protecting the environment, to regulating world trade and humanitarian protection. With 25 qualifying options, you can choose to specialise in various areas of public international law.

The wide range of modules is delivered by an impressive and diverse array of talented academics. Members of the public international law team at Nottingham have published prize-winning works. Many also actively participate in policymaking and implementation of human rights norms at state and international levels.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
English
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
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PhD

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

With well-established research centers and links to leading institutions around the world, the School of Law is a dynamic center for PhD study. ... [+]

Research overview

With well-established research centers and links to leading institutions around the world, the School of Law is a dynamic center for PhD study.

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination, and final thesis.

In the school, we promote research excellence, recognizing that high-quality legal research may take many different forms. We use a variety of research methods across our projects.

You will be assigned two supervisors who will have the appropriate expertise to support your research project. The school offers supervision in most subject areas, and for interdisciplinary projects which have a legal aspect to them.... [-]

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3 - 6 find your juris doctor
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Faculty of Social Sciences
Law and Social Sciences Building
University of Nottingham
University Park

Nottingham, England, NG7 2RD GB
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