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Socially responsible careers

When you graduate with a social sciences degree, you’ll leave with the knowledge and skills you need to take on ethical, social and environmental responsibilities. 

Our courses prepare you for a successful career in your chosen area of work. Our teaching staff are leaders in their research field and we offer you courses that address the challenges of professional work.

Successful graduates

As a graduate from the Faculty of Social Sciences, your skills of problem-solving, influencing and empathy are highly valued by employers across a range of sectors. A British Council study showed that 55% of professional leaders in 30 countries, studied social sciences or humanities at university (British Council and IPSOS, The Educational Pathways of Leaders 2015).

Our graduates have excellent employment rates, for example 100% of our Primary Education graduates are in a professional or managerial job six months after graduating (HESA 2017). 

  • Over 96% of University of Stirling students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA 2017).

  • 5 star excellence award for Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Facilities and Inclusiveness in the QS rankings (QS Stars, 2016).

Do you want to make a difference?

Social responsibility is at the centre of our course content. We’ll teach you how to appreciate social context when understanding societal problems and solutions. Our professionally accredited courses include placements, and within many of our degrees such as Social Work and Education, practical experience is an important part of your learning. This means you can start to make a difference and put your skills into practice before you graduate, giving you the perfect kick-start to your career.

We encourage you to gain work experience, volunteer and take part in extra-curricular activities while at University. If you’re an undergraduate these activities can count towards your My Stirling Award.

For further information on what placements are available for your course, see our individual course pages.  

We also offer opportunities to study abroad

Supporting you in your career

We work with the Careers and Employability Service, who offer practical career development advice, guidance and information for undergraduates, postgraduates and graduates. As a graduate you can continue to access all the support you need from our Careers and Employability Service throughout your career. Whether you’re looking for that first step in your chosen career or want to make changes to your current employment situation, they’re here to help. 

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