Published: 20 November 2019

Top jobs with a politics degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in politics and discover some of the jobs Surrey politics graduates have secured over the past few years.

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A politics degree can open doors to a wide range of highly fascinating careers. Our politics students benefit from strong industry links and have the option to gain first-hand experience in how politics operates in a real world environment during a Professional Training placement.

The research and analytical skills that you will develop throughout your degree combined with your open-minded approach will ensure that you graduate with the skills you need to take the lead, whatever career you decide to pursue.


"My placement year was probably the best year of my life. I went to the Ministry of Defence, specifically the Fence Science Technology Laboratory in Portsdown West. It changed everything. I got to present to a lieutenant general and two majors which is something not many people my age will have done, so for me the placement year really makes me stand out as a job candidate."

       – Victoria Denton, BSc International Politics


Careers with a politics degree

Surrey politics graduates have taken up roles across a number of sectors. Jobs directly related to a politics degree include:

  • Political assistant
  • Government social research officer
  • Policy officer
  • Political risk analyst
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Civil Service Fast Streamer.


However, a degree in politics will also enable you to gain skills that would be highly relevant in other, more unexpected roles. These include:

  • Teacher or lecturer
  • Journalist
  • Public relations officer
  • Human resources officer
  • Local government officer
  • Marketing executive.


"Given that my degree is rather broad, I can enter several fields. My course's provision of a diverse set of skills is helpful in widening my reach, and so I look forward to discovering where it will take me."

       Aya Asali, BSc Politics and Economics


Politics graduate jobs

Our politics graduates have a strong track record for employability. In recent years, our politics graduates have secured many varied roles including:

  • Events Coordinator, AQA Education
  • Policy Adviser, Department of Education
  • Researcher, Westminster Forum Projects 
  • European Network Coordinator on Climate & Energy, WWF European Policy Office 
  • Engagement Officer, Healthwatch Surrey
  • Bid Analyst, Serco Ltd
  • Corporate Finance Adviser, Department for Transport.

Many have gone on to take postgraduate degrees in subjects such as international relations and European politics and policy, while others have chosen to study for a PhD in politics. There is a strong record of alumni who have continued education up to doctoral level and become academic scholars in their own right.


"Because of the Professional Training year, now that I am applying to jobs I don’t just have a strong academic background but I also have an excellent professional background which is the perfect combination for any employer."

       – Beatriz Marques, BSc International Politics


"I'd love to think one day, maybe working in a diplomatic service, I could go abroad and take my skills I've learnt from Surrey and my placement year in public affairs and apply them to any environment outside of the UK."

       – Patrick Swain, BSc Politics and Creative Writing


Discover more about our politics degrees, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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