Careers in social sciences

Your social sciences degree will open up a wealth of interesting career paths, many of which will focus on shaping the future of society.

Whatever area you choose to specialise in, our courses will give you the essential skills, experience and knowledge you will need to make a difference. We’ll provide opportunities to prepare you for the world of work and to understand where and how you can apply your academic knowledge, skills and expertise.

For those returning to study to further enhance their professional and personal development, you’ll benefit from accessing the most up to date, cutting-edge research which combines professional relevance and theory, enabling you to apply it directly to your area of work.

Experience a career in social sciences

Social science degrees, including housing, criminology, education, social policy research, community development or social work, often lead to careers which directly impact people’s lives.

However in today’s competitive job market, you need more than just a degree – you’ll also need practical knowledge of your field, access to industry connections and work experience. Studying in the Faculty will open up opportunities to connect with external organisations, to go on placement, to study abroad and to consider your personal and professional development - all will play a part in preparing you for whatever direction you choose after graduation.

Hear what some of our academics, our students and their employers think.


Housing studies

Dementia studies

Student stories

Laura Breeze
Laura Breeze
Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies
Studying part-time meant I could remain in my current role, while also pursuing a qualification which would help me develop my career, and hopefully move in to a management role. With the academic knowledge I’ve gained, I want to make real changes to the housing sector.
Read Laura's story
Lesley Dugan
Lesley Dugan
Northern Ireland
BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy
My degree gave me a broad skill set by combining sociological theory with research skills, which I found particularly useful when drafting cases for support in my fundraising work.
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infographic: 96% of our graduates

96% of our graduates

were in employment or further study 15 months after graduation

Graduate Outcomes 2020-21, HESA

Supporting you in your career

We work with the Careers Service, which offers practical career development advice, guidance and information for students and graduates. You can continue to access all the support you need from our Careers 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.