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Sociology and International Relations BSc(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

Sociology and international relations graduates are well placed to enter careers involving social research, social policy formation and administration, human resources, teaching, and social commentary and analysis. After graduating you might be employed by local and national government, educational establishments, media organisations, advocacy organisations, health and welfare services.

Employability and sociology

Our approach works in three ways:

  • You will learn about contemporary social problems and issues, and the responses to these within political life and popular culture.
  • You will gain experience of putting your knowledge to use and communicating research with others.
  • You will be encouraged to engage in extracurricular activities and events organised by KU Talent, the University's careers and employability service. These include advice on CV formats, preparing job applications, preparing for interviews, networking and business etiquette.

Employment skills

You will also achieve unique employment related skills by:

  • learning about current policies and practices across a wide range of organisations both in the UK and internationally that respond to social problems;
  • gathering and analysing sociological data and information;
  • developing the ability to work ethically and safely with confidential material and vulnerable people; and
  • developing the ability to engage in ‘reflective' practice in frontline services.

The course provides the opportunity to participate in work-based module, Practice: Contemporary Issues and Debates. You can practise your skills and develop a confident mind-set which will take you into graduate employment and professional life.

For many of our graduates their participation in the module has provided the first rung on the ladder for their professional training, which they have been able to enter straight after graduation.

Job-relevant teaching and learning

Our use of job-relevant teaching and learning methods mean you can develop and improve communication, team-work and public speaking skills.

We understand that graduate training schemes in large and prestigious organisations can be very fast-moving. Modern employers often expect a graduate to take an outward-facing role, representing the company individually and as a team, and making professional quality presentations.

With practice and constructive feedback from academic staff and peers, you will develop the confidence to manage and respond to complex and challenging situations.

The course is a great opportunity to think about what kind of future career you would like to have, and what kinds of skills you need to develop to get there. The programmes in the Department help you to gain the skills for successful careers beyond graduation.

"Studying at Kingston for three years has certainly developed my confidence as I use to be quite a shy and nervous person. Seminar tutorials were very beneficial in helping to build my confidence and public speaking skills. These sessions often required students to work and discuss in groups about particular topics and issues covered within a particular lecture. I learned to feel comfortable and less nervous when talking in front of people." Nicole Edwards, Sociology BSc(Hons), 2014

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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