The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers a range of courses around social work and social care, and in the broad area of the social sciences.

Its research and enterprise activities focus on the applied study of human behaviour.

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Our departments draw on the expertise of staff with national and international reputations for their research, teaching and professional engagement.


We offer courses at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level. Teaching at Huddersfield is officially rated Gold under the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

Research Centres within the Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research

The Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research (CACYFR) is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for innovative research that tackles some of the most entrenched social problems impacting children, youth and families.

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Applied Criminology and Policing Centre

Originally located in a West Yorkshire police station almost 20 years ago, increasing demand for our work has led us to grow over time into a vibrant research community, moving onto the University campus in 2004.

Citizenship, Conflict, Identity and Diversity

Founded in 2009, the Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity and Diversity (CCID) is at the forefront of social science research within the University and beyond.

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Secure Societies Institute

The Secure Societies Institute (SSI) is an inter-disciplinary research platform at the University of Huddersfield committed to developing a secure society for all.

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