Social Sciences

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Welcome to the department of Social Sciences

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Studying Social Sciences

Studying Social Sciences

When you enrol onto a postgraduate degree at the University of Roehampton you become part of a diverse community of people who are passionate about social justice, and where the research carried out by our academics is among the most highly rated in the UK for its social impact
Roehampton offers four postgraduate courses in social sciences covering law, human rights and criminology.
LLM Human Rights and Legal Practice
LLM International Commercial Law and Legal Practice (starts 2021)
MA Criminology and Criminal Justice
MA Human Rights and International Relations
We are also one of three European universities delivering the Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Policy and Practice master’s course, alongside partners in Sweden and Spain.
The Social Sciences Department is part of Digby Stuart College, and is housed in our Hirst and Duchesne buildings, just steps from the library.  The department is also home to the renowned Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research, where international experts conduct research, training and teaching in the field of human rights, social justice and international relations.


LLM Human Rights and Legal Practice

Suitable for legal practitioners, aspiring legal professionals and human rights activists, this course will enable you to build upon your skillsets in project management, research, analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking within the field of human rights.

LLM International Commercial Law and Legal Practice

This LLM will give you the knowledge and understanding of the key legal issues and the regulatory framework that governs international commercial law and dispute resolution. You will learn how to apply this knowledge to a range of different cases and develop the essential skills for a career as a practising commercial lawyer within governments or international organisations

MA Criminology and Criminal Justice

This course draws on a diverse range of social science disciplines such as criminology, law and socio-legal studies, psychology, sociology and human rights. An engaging range of optional modules will enable you to specialise in key criminological topics such as migration, online harm, environmental justice and genocide.

MA Human Rights and International Relations

This challenging programme will provide you with a strong knowledge of the complex roles that human rights and international relations have in global issues such as terrorism, struggles for democratic freedoms, genocide, the effects of defence policies, climate change and social justice. You will graduate with the skills you need to succeed in a highly competitive environment for international human rights advocacy and protection.

Department News
Human Rights students addressed by distinguished Commonwealth figure, Vijay Krishnarayan



A Day in the Life of a Human Rights Lawyer


Women's Leadership Conference 2019

Welcome to The Library


Our Library

Our exceptional, stylish library is only three years old yet has quickly become established as the beating heart of academic life at Roehampton.  Its long, flexible opening hours are ideal for busy postgrads balancing study with work and home life, and there is even a postgraduate-only area.  Take a guided video tour now.

Student Life

Student Life

Why Roehampton?


Being a student at a campus university in London gives you the best of both worlds. We are lucky enough to have a 54-acre parkland campus to call home, and are only 30 minutes from central London.

We offer plenty of opportunities for you to get involved through playing sport, music, volunteering, or joining one of over 50 student societies. We also have catering outlets, across campus, and each College has social spaces where you can meet up with your friends and relax.

Our campus is close to Putney, Hammersmith and Wimbledon, which each have wide a range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. With central London so close, you can easily access the wealth of culture, entertainment and dining options the capital has to offer.



We guarantee accommodation for all new students accepting a place to study with us by the guarantee deadline and offer some of the most affordable student accommodation in London!

Why live on campus?

  • We offer something for everyone from single rooms in large flats to en-suite rooms in smaller flats whether you are a postgraduate or undergraduate student.
  • All-inclusive bills so no hassle and easy to budget.
  • Living on campus means you will be close to the gym, acres of landscaped gardens, shop, bar, catering, esports, societies and even our resident chickens!
  • We can accommodate a range of special requests, including 'quiet' flats, single-sex flats and flats dedicated to postgraduate students.
  • When you join us, you'll be looked after by your friendly College staff, which include dedicated wardens and flat reps
  • For peace of mind, our accommodation is accredited by: The Student Accommodation Code
  • We have a free, dedicated student bus service to Barnes Station and Wimbledon, and facilities for bicycle storage on campus, and ebikes to hire.
  • All our private and secure rooms are on-campus, with 24/7 security and plenty of catering outlets and shops to choose from on campus and locally

View our on-campus accommodation  

Support services

Support services

At Roehampton we are focused on ensuring you succeed, and have a wide range of support services to help you at every step of your journey.

Wellbeing – our team are able to provide personal wellbeing support, professional counselling and mental health support. Each college has a Student Wellbeing Officer and a College Warden, the latter is available after hours for all on campus students.

Medical – we have an on-site NHS medical centre which provides doctor and nurse-led services.

Disability and dyslexia – we encourage students to let us know about specific needs so we can work with you to tailor our support.

Financial – we have a wide range of scholarships, and a student hardship fund for those students in financial difficulty.

Chaplaincy – our diverse community is reflected in our multi-faith chaplaincy and we have a number of spaces for worship.

Study support – all students have an Academic Guidance Tutor, as well as access to library support and online study resources.

Next Steps

Next steps

We hope you found our Digital Open Day informative.

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