Top Universities for Social Sciences courses

top-social-sciencesSocial sciences is a popular subject among students for pursuing higher education abroad. Wikipedia lists more than 200 branches of social science, important among them are Anthropology, business studies, accountancy, economics, political science, education, geography, linguistics, communication studies, philosophy, urban planning, psychology, public administration, social work and sociology.

 

Entry requirements vary from university to university but certain conditions like English level proficiency tests like TOEFL, IELTS remain the same. Some universities also ask for a GRE or a GMAT score as the eligibility condition.

 

In some disciplines like Anthropology, universities ask for a separate Statement of Purpose along with a general one.

 

Top Universities to pursue Social Sciences

Rank

University

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

UK

3

University of Oxford

UK

4

University of Cambridge

UK

5

Stanford University

USA

6

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

USA

7

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

USA

8

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

9

Yale University

USA

10

The University of Tokyo

Japan

11

The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

12

University of Pennsylvania

USA

13

Columbia University

USA

14

The University of Melbourne

Australia

15

London Business School

UK

 Source QS ranking 2018

 

Museum-anthropologyTop Universities for Social Sciences courses: Anthropology

 

Anthropology, the study of human beings and all its aspects is an interesting discipline to pursue. The entry requirements for the programme are quite flexible. Students are expected to be analytical with good grades in biological sciences. Some knowledge of mathematics and statistics is also valuable for pursuing the programme. Undergraduate courses in Anthropology are 3 to 4 years duration and Masters programme is of 1-2 years depending upon the country. The PhD programmes take between 3 to 6 years.

Specializations

Career options

  • Cultural anthropology

  • Biological anthropology

  • Forensic anthropology

  • Medical anthropology

  • Linguistic anthropology

  • Archeology

  • Social Research

  • Policy Development

  • Media and Communications

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage

  • Education

  • Speech and Language Therapy

  • Community/Social Work

Top universities for Anthropology

Rank

University

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

USA

2

University of Cambridge

UK

4

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

UK

5

University of Oxford

UK

Source QS ranking

 

accounting-and-financeTop Universities for Social Sciences courses: Accounting and Finance

 

It is the systematic way of dealing with financial data in every aspect like collecting, measuring, processing, analyzing and communicating to the concerned people. It is also called the language of business. Aspirants wanting to pursue programmes in Accountancy are required to showcase strong mathematical background.

 

In the US, the undergraduate programme is of 4 year duration, while it is three years in most Commonwealth countries like Singapore, the UK and Australia. In Malta, the programme spans for 2 years.

 

Accounting and Finance Career options and Specializations

Specializations

Career options

Financial accounting

Management accounting

Auditing

Taxation

Forensic accounting

Trainee accountants

Accountant

Auditor

Accounts assistant

Investment Analyst

Budget Analyst

Financial Analyst,

Credit Consultancy

Risk Management

Top Universities for Accounting and Finance

Rank

University

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

USA

3

Stanford University

USA

4

University of Oxford

UK

5

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

UK

Source QS ranking

 

economicsTop Universities for Social Sciences courses: Economics

 

This branch of social science which deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. It can also be described as the study of the ways people use resources. Aspirants for UG programme in Economics should have strong mathematical and analytical skills.

 

Microeconomics and macroeconomics are the two main areas of economics.

Specializations

Career options

Development economics

Organizational behavior

Labor economics

Science economics

Urban economics

Information economics

Game Theory

Economist

Economic consultancy careers

Financial analyst careers

Accountancy careers

Statistician careers

 

Top Universities for pursuing Economics and econometrics

Rank

University

Country

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

USA

2

Harvard University

USA

3

Stanford University

USA

4

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

USA

5

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

UK

Source QS ranking

 

politics-abd-international-studiesTop Universities for Social Sciences courses: Political Science and international studies

 

Political scientists study governance, and analyze of political activities, thoughts and behaviour. They deal with the theory and practice of politics commonly thought of as determining of the distribution of power and resources. They start with studying the works of influential historical figures, such as Confucius, Plato and Machiavelli, and theorists such as Karl Marx and the like. They also look into the practical side of the current situation– the working of different political systems, the impact of developments and the role of political organizations.

 

Though the entry requirements differ, universities usually look for candidates with a background in humanities and social science subjects such as economics, history, geography, modern languages, philosophy and sociology.

Specializations

Career options

Development politics

Global Governance specialization

Democracy and elections

International politics

National and regional politics

Security, Peace & Conflict

Politics and Business specialization

Public policy

Political Assistant

Civil Service

Careers in Human Rights

Political Journalism

Government and Advocacy Jobs

Teaching Positions

Policy Analyst

Public Relations Specialist

Top five universities for Politics and international studies

Rank

University

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

University of Oxford

UK

3

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

UK

4

Sciences Po

France

5

University of Cambridge

USA

Source QS ranking

 

top-social-sciencesTop Universities for Social Sciences courses: Development Studies

 

A multidisciplinary branch of Social Sciences, the historical changes in the evolution of society, state, markets, and social institutions and their impact on societies in developing areas. The programme intends to develop student’s expertise development research, as well as planning, management and evaluation.

 

Development Studies is not generally offered as an undergraduate programme. The eligibility requirement is an undergraduate degree in areas relevant to the program, such as geography, economics, international relations and sociology.

Specializations

Career options

  • Culture, media and ethnographic practice      

  • Anthropology of human rights and intervention

  • Indigenous interests and identities      

  • Social movements, knowledge and development

  • Culture, commodities and consumption: anthropological approaches to economic life

  • Health and sexuality in the developing world

  • Economic development and world economic order   

  • Environmental health 

  • Sustainable development: introductory principles and practices

 

  • Non-governmental agencies dealing with development issues

  • International not-for- profit organizations

  • Government agencies involved in development sector

Top universities for Developmental Studies

Rank

University

Country

1

University of Sussex

UK

2

Harvard University

USA

3

University of Oxford

UK

4

University of Cambridge

UK

5

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

UK

Source QS ranking

 

staisticsTop Universities for Social Sciences courses: Statistics

 

Statistics deals with the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data. The applied aspect of statistics looks into the data analysis of a scientific, industrial, or social problem.

 

 

Entry in to this field requires a very strong academic background in Mathematics.

Specializations

Career options

  • Biometry

  • Forensic statistics

  • Medical statistics/biostatistics

  • Operational research

  • Predictive analytics

  • Statistical computing

  • Actuarial Science

  • Data Analysis

  • Environmental Science

  • Market Research

  • Medicine and Healthcare

  • Public Sector

Source QS ranking

 

Top universities for Statistics

Rank

University

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

USA

3

Stanford University

USA

4

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

USA

5

University of Cambridge

UK

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First Published On : 05 Jul 2017 05:55 PM IST
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