Social science in action

The University of Liverpool is one of the UK's leading centres for sociology, social policy and criminology, and has been for over 100 years. Our shared pursuit of research-based knowledge in support of social justice sets this department apart from most of its contemporaries in the UK and beyond.

An influential voice in the world

Watch this short film to find out more about the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, and what makes us distinctive.

Research Two academics in discussion in SLSJ.


Our critical research is concerned with a variety of topics ranging across crime and social harm, contemporary political arrangements and their implications, and the production and consumption of culture. Read more about our research and its impact



Interchange is a registered charity (Charity No:1038129) based in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology that provides students with the opportunity to work with Voluntary and Community Organisations on research and work-based learning projects. Read more about the work Interchange do.

Postgraduate taught Students sat around a table together talking

Postgraduate Taught

Join us studying within a department at the forefront of pursuing research-based knowledge supporting social justice. You will be taught by world-leading experts within various fields and your independent research project will be closely supervised by a leading scholar in their area.

Eleanor Rathbone Public Lecture Series A painting of Eleanor Rathbone with text that reads 'Social Justice Public Lecture'.

Eleanor Rathbone Public Lecture Series

Our Eleanor Rathbone Social Justice Public Lectures are a long-standing annual public lecture series hosted by the Department, and presented by leading figures who have made distinctive contributions to the advancement of social justice.