School of Politics and International Relations
   
   
  

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University of the Year for Graduate Employment

The University of Nottingham is consistently one of the top choices for graduate recruitment among UK employers in the annual High Fliers report. We are also University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Placements and employability programme

The School of Politics and International Relations has a dedicated Placement and Employability Officer who organises work placement and internship opportunities for students. Our work placements and employability programme provides valuable work experience, self-confidence and a practical application of your studies.

Career destinations

Our degree courses provide a firm foundation for a wide range of careers. Many of our students take an active role in politics throughout their time in the school, and after.

Our graduates develop careers across the private, public, and charitable sectors, including journalism, broadcasting, advertising, marketing and personnel. Some go into party politics as parliamentary assistants, councillors in local government, and even MPs; others work for the civil service and in research and data analysis.

93% of undergraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £23,763 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
 

Postgraduate destinations

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. If you wish to continue with your studies after completing an MA programme, our staff offer research degree supervision in most of the major sub-areas of the discipline.

Career destinations for our postgraduates include economists, management consultants, researchers, statisticians and university lecturers. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone to work for include Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters and the Thailand National Police Department.

90% postgraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,429 with the highest being £29,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
 

Careers and Employability Service

The Careers and Employability Service offers excellent careers guidance, information and resources, and holds workshops on CV writing, completing application forms and interview techniques. As a University of Nottingham graduate, you can receive lifelong support from the service.

The Nottingham Advantage Award

The school runs its own politics specific module as part of the award-winning Nottingham Advantage Award which recognises and rewards your extracurricular activities. With a choice of over 400 modules across all our campuses, you can hone the key skills employers want and unlock your potential. You will leave university with demonstrable experience that sets you apart from your competitors.

Careers

Recent graduate destinations

  • Emma Barnett - Women's Editor, Daily Telegraph
  • Chris Bates - a runner-up on The Apprentice and Investment Banker
  • Aditi Sharma - Research Officer, National Human Rights Convention in India

Other destinations have included:

  • Policy adviser to the civil service and local government
  • Civil service fast stream graduate trainee
  • Nottingham city councillor
  • Case worker at legal aid centre
  • Parliamentary assistant
  • Polling coordinator
  • AON
  • Arriva
  • BBC
  • CBI
  • Citibank
  • Civil Service
  • Dods
  • House of Commons
  • Liberal Democrats
  • Marylebone Cricket Club
  • Perrett Laver
  • Policy Exchange
  • Unison
 

 

School of Politics and International Relations

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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