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What can I do with a degree in Sociology?

People who study Sociology go into a wide variety of jobs. You will gain a range of very valuable skills, including: how to work independently and how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument. You’ll learn to work in collaboration with others, but also how to work effectively without close supervision. All Sociology degrees teach research methods. These allow you to generate new knowledge from both quantitative and qualitative sources. You will learn how to analyse results from a various data ranging from large statistical studies to in-depth one-to-one and group interviews. You will also learn to carry out your own research both individually and in groups.

The study of Sociology will change the way you see the world around you and how you relate to others. The skills you learn are relevant to the workplace and are valued by employers.

What do Warwick Sociology Masters graduates do?

Six months after graduating, 96% of 2014/15 Warwick Sociology Masters graduates were in jobs or further study.

Examples of Sociology postgraduates’ job titles include:

  • Social Researcher
  • Senior Political Analyst Assistant and Research Officer
  • Lecturer
  • Editorial Systems Co-Ordinator
  • Junior Account Manager Intern
  • Management Graduate Trainee
  • Programme Experience Manager
  • Project Co-Ordinator
  • Volunteer

Companies and Organisations where Sociology postgraduates work include:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Brent Council
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Civil Service
  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Surrey County Council
  • Taylor & Francis Group
  • Teaching Leaders

Further study destinations:

Of the Sociology Masters graduates who went on to further study, confirmed destinations for those who responded include, University of Warwick, the University of Manchester, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Exeter

Alumni profile

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On completion of my MA Social Research, I was keen to be able to apply what I’d learned in whatever employment I took up. My initial job search was extensive, covering many fields and disciplines including academia and further research. As my search progressed I found myself more and more drawn to jobs that used research creatively, having been particularly inspired by a module called Visual Sociology whilst I was at Warwick.

I now work as a freelancer in documentary film making. Starting my career at Latimer, a youth-centred social enterprise, committed to affecting social change through creative media and film production. Here, alongside film campaigns on social issues, I got my first experience on a television documentary for Channel 4 looking at Dog Fighting. From there I moved to working at VICE Media on documentaries covering issues such as LGBT rights and culture, drag and gender play and body modification. I'm now a freelance Assistant Producer for TV documentary and am currently working on a BBC 2 series about social mobility. Although many of my colleagues came to filmmaking through studying media or at film school, I’ve found that the process of social research lends itself to documentary. Most importantly, this MA provided me with broad experience that opened up many avenues for work on graduating.

- Sophie Perrins
Freelance Documentray Film-maker
MA Social Research 2012