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Published: 18 February 2020

Top jobs with a sociology and criminology degree

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

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Our Department of Sociology is one of the best in the UK with our criminology degrees ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020. It is world-leading in the development of social-research methodology, and our programmes focus on the development of your practical and analytical skills in addressing contemporary criminological and sociological problems.

Our students enjoy a range of Professional Training placement opportunities, close links to industry and attractive career prospects in a diverse range of occupations and fields of work.

"I worked in Paris as part of a non-governmental organisation that strives to promote the integration of refugees through employment. At times, it was brutally confronting but it made me grow immensely in maturity, become passionate about migration and helped me define my professional project, so I would recommend the Professional Training placement to others."

Juliette Howard, BSc Sociology

Careers with a sociology and criminology degree

Both sociology and criminology provide a broad social scientific base from which to explore and pursue a range of job opportunities. Students studying for a sociology and criminology degree at Surrey develop the expertise necessary for a range of different occupations.

Jobs directly related to an economics degree include:

  • Advice worker
  • Community development worker
  • Detective
  • Lecturer/Teacher
  • Policy officer
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social researcher
  • Social worker.
     

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

  • Border Force officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Data scientist
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Journalist
  • Local government officer
  • Paralegal
  • Political risk analyst
  • Social researcher
  • Solicitor.
     

"The course is interactive and you are able to see how your knowledge relates to the world. I have enjoyed learning about prisons and youth offending, which I am basing my dissertation on. After graduation, I would love to discover more about criminal investigation." 

Alexandra Phelan, BSc Criminology and Sociology

Given the broad education and wealth of transferable skills a degree in sociology or criminology offers, one of the virtues of a degree in this area of study is flexibility in the job market.

Our pioneering Professional Training placement programme gives our students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work. This includes meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. 

Sociology and criminology graduate jobs

We are proud to say that a considerable number of our students are offered work within the company/organisation they completed their Professional Training placement with. Placements normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for students to begin their third year of study. In recent years, our sociology and criminology graduates have secured roles including:

  • Channel Planning Assistant, UKTV 
  • Civil Service Fast Stream 
  • Communications Officer, Kent Police
  • Community Investment Coordinator, AXIS Europe 
  • HR Case Manager, Ministry of Justice
  • Media Analyst, Kantar Media 
  • Mental Health Recovery Worker, Creative Support 
  • Police Constable, Metropolitan Police 
  • PR Coordinator, NBC Universal 
  • Research Officer, HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

"I would definitely recommend the Professional Training placement programme. It offers actual working experience which can help decide, not only what career you would like to enter into, but what aspects are more suited to you personally." 

Jayne Katete, BSc Criminology and Sociology

"During my degree I have particularly enjoyed discovering more about conducting social research. I love learning different approaches and methods in depth which will be transferrable skills when I graduate." 

– Sophie Ruffett, BSc Sociology

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

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