The skills you will gain from a degree in sociology will be useful in many types of employment. You will gain the ability to collect data and evidence, analyse it and apply it to real-world situations. Graduates in sociology typically go on to have careers in the 'caring professions', government and social policy research, market research, advertising, business, media industries and teaching. A sociology degree also provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate study in sociology and allied areas such as criminology, international relations and human rights.
The Sociology BSc(Hons) prepares you for life after university by teaching the following key transferrable skills and perspectives that employers want.
Our Sociology BSc(Hons) graduates have gone on to work in fields as diverse as social research, teaching, policy-making, the charity sector, local government, human resource management and retail. Some graduates have continued their academic studies doing a masters course and doctoral studies in the UK and internationally.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: Grae Minors
Course: Sociology BA(Hons)
"Upon starting the sociology undergraduate programme at Kingston University in 2010, I did not have a set plan for my life. I applied for the Sociology BSc(Hons) not because I had prior understanding of what the subject area entailed, but because it was one of the few subjects which had a course description that made sense to me.
My first year was a memorable one: the professors and their passion and dedication to their respective modules played a critical role in engaging the class and making abstract concepts palpable.
During the winter break of my second year I secured an internship with a small broadcasting company. My performance during this short stint saw me invited back the following summer and winter holidays for a semi-permanent, paid position. It was this work experience that made me an eligible candidate for my current postgraduate program, which involves international study at the University of Hamburg.
Reflecting on my three years at Kingston University my advice would be to make the most of your professors and develop a rapport with the individuals that will be educating you for the next three years of your life, as it may prove mutually beneficial in both an academic and emotional sense.
Do your readings and view every work and non-work related experience as a possible career trajectory platform. The people you meet and the connections you make during this time are only as valuable as the time and effort you put into developing them. I hope that your experience at Kingston University is rewarding in more ways than one."
Our Sociology BSc(Hons) graduates have entered a range of careers. Destinations include:
Our approach works in three ways:
You will also achieve unique employment related skills by:
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.
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:
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.
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: