The Oxford Social Sciences Division represents one of the largest groupings of social scientists in the world. We bring together outstanding departments, faculties and schools committed to tackling some of the major challenges facing humanity, such as sustainable resource management, migration, global governance, justice, poverty and development. Our research combines rigorous and innovative quantitative methodologies and theoretical approaches using individual and collective experiences and actions. The quality and diversity of our research and our over 1,000 researchers creates a virtuous circle, attracting the most talented students and researchers, allowing us to create an intellectually fertile environment for the next generation of world leaders. The Times Higher Education (THE) University Rankings placed the University of Oxford as number one in the UK for Social Sciences in 2021 and 2020, and number one in the world in 2019 and 2018.
Over 5,000 students are enrolled on our wide-ranging, innovative programme of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, all underpinned by the groundbreaking research of our academics.
The Divisional Office supports academics and researchers, as well as the administrative functions in departments by undertaking much of the day-to-day work relating to planning and resource allocation, the administration of academic appointments, on-course graduate administration, and the detailed supervision of education and research. Our responsibilities cover budgeting, educational provision, and academic policy across the Division, with a particular role in monitoring and quality assurance.