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Sociology and Social Policy


Studying sociology and social policy opens up a wide range of career options. Learn about these options and how we can support you on your journey.

Most students choose to study sociology due to their interest and passion for the subject and their decision is not always a vocational one. Your career options are open ended.


What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge, your sociology degree equips you with key skills valued by employers, such as:

  • the ability to research and analyse information from a variety of sources
  • the written and verbal skills needed to present opinions and conclusions in a professional manner
  • an understanding of sociological and cultural issues relevant to both business and public sector settings
  • reflection and critical evaluation skills
  • the ability to formulate questions in order to conduct research
  • an understanding of research methodologies and digital tools
  • the ability to analyse, problem solve and work with others
  • the ability to handle data and statistics

It is important that you can talk about these skills on application forms and in interviews.

If you choose the Q-Step programme you will also develop excellent quantitative analysis and research skills.


What are my career options?

Sociology and social policy graduates enter a diverse range of occupations. Roles in both the public and private sector include:

  • housing assistant
  • policy officer
  • media research
  • support worker
  • charity fundraising
  • health coordinator
  • retail manager
  • data analyst
  • marketing executive
  • advertising account planner
  • human resources and training manager
  • management consultant
  • public relations assistant
  • recruitment consultant
  • finance analyst
  • media researcher
  • journalist

Career paths - explore roles and sectors


How can I develop my skills and gain experience during my degree?

Developing skills outside your degree course will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. Some examples are listed below.


Work experience

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop your employability. With over more than 300 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Advice from Nottingham alumni

With our Career Mentoring programme, you can receive invaluable support via email from an alumnus while considering your career options. Choose a mentor in the career area that interests you and get a real insight into the sector.

Career Mentoring

Enhance your digital skills

Digital skills are essential in many career fields including advertising, publishing, marketing and general commerce. They range from social media to coding and will definitely enhance your employability.

More about digital marketing careers

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

Students in Classrooms

There are three initiatives which will give you the opportunity to work in a local educational setting.  These initiatives support the academic attainment and raise the aspirations of primary and secondary pupils, whilst developing the skills and employability of those involved. 

These are excellent opportunities for students considering teaching, youth work or community engagement as a career.

Students in Classrooms

Exchange programmes overseas

Undertake an exchange semester in another country and broaden your horizons. Talk to your tutors and find out more about the programmes available from the International Office.

Exchange programmes

Psychometric tests

Many graduate recruiters use psychometric tests during the recruitment and selection process. They are common across all sectors and career fields. Practise will really help your performance.

Use our example tests




Please be aware that study abroad, compulsory year abroad, optional placements/internships and integrated year in industry opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities or placement/industry hosts, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university's control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur.

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