School of Politics and International Relations
   
   
  

Careers

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.

Placements and internship programme

Our faculty placements and internship programme provides valuable work experience, self-confidence and a practical application of your studies.

Optional placement year

Many companies offer placements which will develop your skills in a real-world setting, and often result in a graduate job offer. An optional placement year is available for all undergraduate students whose course does not have a compulsory placement or study abroad element. The University's Careers and Employability Service will support you in arranging this.

 

Undergraduates

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.

93.6% 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 £21,000 with the highest being £75,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
 

Recent graduate destinations

  • 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
  • BBC
  • CBI
  • Citibank
  • Civil Service
  • Dods
  • House of Commons
  • Liberal Democrats
  • Perrett Laver
  • Policy Exchange
  • Unison
 

Postgraduates

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
  • the Thailand National Police Department

95.2% of 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 £25,000 with the highest being £42,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. 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. Find out more about careers in politics and international relations.

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 200 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.

School of Politics and International Relations

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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