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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.

Given that 94% of all Warwick Graduates end up in either employment or further study, and that 70% of graduate recruiters do not require graduates to have a specific degree, perhaps the most important question to ask is not “What degree will get me a good graduate job?” but “How can I make the most of my time at Warwick so that I can get the job I want?

What do Sociology graduates do?

Six months after graduating, 83% of our 2014/15 students were in jobs or further study.

Examples of Sociology graduates' job titles include:

  • Admin Assistant
  • Careers and Employability Assistant
  • Customer Representative
  • Directorate Administrator and PA
  • Estate Agent
  • Event Administrator
  • Events Assistant
  • Resident Tutor
  • Management Trainee
  • Marketing & Development Co-ordinator
  • Research Associate
  • Senior Sales Consultant
  • Teaching Assistant

Companies and organisations where Sociology graduates work include:

  • Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Centrica PLC
  • Choice
  • Common Vision UK
  • Credo Care
  • Hawkins Estate Agents
  • Holmfirth Junior and Infants
  • Imperial College London
  • National Counties Building Society
  • Oslo University Hospital
  • Qualia Analytics, Spotify
  • Teach first
  • Orange Tree

Sociology graduates go onto the following Masters Programmes:

  • International Social Policy
  • Contemporary Identities
  • Organised Crime
  • Terrorism and Security
  • Journalism
  • Economy, Risk and Society
  • Food, Space and Society
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and Management
  • Marketing

…at Warwick and other leading universities in the UK, Europe, North America and throughout the world.

For more information, visit Warwick Student Careers & Skills. You can also read more about how to prepare for the job market and get tips for interviews, improving your CV, and application guidance through the Warwick Careers Blog.

Alumni profile


"I can say with certainty that Warwick gave me the best foundation to push onwards into other opportunities. Coming from Singapore, the small city-state I call home, I struggled at first to adjust to the secluded campus environment. But it was exactly this environment that allowed me to foster close relationships with my peers and professors, and immerse myself in the diverse clubs and societies that this university had to offer.

With its diversity in module options, Warwick Sociology gave me the interdisciplinary skill sets and just the right amount of flexibility to explore my intellectual interests. To be able to mature through different knowledge systems gave me the affirmation on why I chose a broad undergraduate degree as opposed to a narrow vocational one, and that curiosity for the world left me wanting more. This is why I decided to pursue further studies and am currently in New York City completing my MA in Global Thought at Columbia University.

In Autumn 2016, I joined a culturally diverse cohort of 22 candidates for the M.A. in Global Thought degree and have had the honour to be under the mentorship of several distinguished professors – such as the former United Nations Undersecretary-General and the Senior Advisor to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, amongst other renowned scholars. Specializing in international affairs and cultural development, I am looking to enter the field of intergovernmental services or arts administration upon graduating from Columbia University. Thus far, I have interviewed with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and have also accepted a 2-month work placement opportunity at Rio de Janeiro for researching on Brazil’s arts sector."

- Elena Ho Yan Yee, BA Sociology 2016