Research: Overview

Research Overview for Handbook

Research in social science at Oxford is distinctive for both its depth and breadth, and its wide range of real-world impacts. Oxford has approximately 1,000 social science researchers, the largest grouping of social scientists in the UK, spread across 14 discipline-focused and interdisciplinary departments and units, and the Colleges. Our research combines rigorous and innovative quantitative and qualitative methodologies and theoretical approaches using individual and collective experiences and actions. The quality and diversity of our research and researchers creates a virtuous circle, attracting the most talented students and researchers, allowing us to create an intellectually fertile and stimulating environment for the next generation of world leaders.

The divisional Research & Impact Team provide expert advice and tailored support to social science researchers and departments.


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Divisional Research Strategy

Support for research grant and research impact applications

Advice, Skills and Training

Internal Funding

Research Ethics and Integrity

Research Excellence Framework

Useful websites

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