Published: 22 March 2017

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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At the University of Surrey, our degrees in criminology are ranked top three in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017, and our sociology programmes are ranked in the top ten of both the Guardian University Guide 2017 and the Complete University Guide 2017. 

Our Department of Sociology is one of the best in the UK. 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.

Studying Sociology allows you to think about what you are learning in a different way to many other subjects, and allows you to link these ideas with the world around you, both in the past and present day. - Hannah KilvingtonBSc Sociology

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.

The placement and in fact my whole degree has been beneficial to discover what I enjoy doing and what my strengths are. Now I am considering a career in international social policy and working in human rights, particularly concerning education. - Ann-Marie Msichili, BSc Criminology and 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.

At the University of Surrey, we offer undergraduate programmes in Sociology, Criminology, Criminology and Sociology, Politics and Sociology, and Media, Culture and Society. Regardless of which programme fires your interest, students of sociology and criminology at Surrey develop the expertise necessary for a range of different occupations.

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

Specifically, our programmes in this area provide the knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a successful career in the public sector, business, education, health and medicine, social work, or counselling. Our programmes may also lead to a career in journalism, politics, marketing, business, human resources or public administration. Many of our criminology and sociology programmes also provide the strong research skills needed for positions in the criminal justice system, business, social service and government.

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. 

I think everyone should apply for a placement. I undertook a Professional Training placement as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant in a school for children aged eleven to fourteen. - Khulani Gavin Nyathi, BSc Sociology

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.


Sociology and criminology graduate jobs

In recent years, our sociology and criminology graduates have secured roles including:

  • Police Inspector, Ministry of Justice (BSc Criminology and Sociology, class of 2012)
  • Assistant Merchansider, House of Fraser (BSc Criminology and Sociology, class of 2014)
  • Funding Manager, Royal Academy of Engineering (BSc Sociology, class of 2010)
  • Director of Marketing Retention Team, Great Ormond Street Hospital (BA Sociology, Culture and New Media, class of 2011)
  • Constituency Campaigner, Oxfam (BSc Sociology, class of 2016)

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

  • Customer Relations Management Planner, VCCP (BSc Sociology and Social Research Methods, class of 2008)
  • Assistant Headteacher, St Andrews School Croydon (BSc Sociology, class of 2004)
  • Sociology Teacher and EPQ Coordinator, Barton Peveril College (BSc Sociology, class of 2003)
  • Financial Planning Manager, Nationwide Building Society (BA Media and Sociology, class of 2012)
  • Youth Worker, Challengers Charity (BSc Sociology and Criminology, class of 2017)

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

  • Grants Assistant, Arts and Humanities Council of Mongomery County (BSc Sociology, class of 2014)
  • Business Manager, Page Personnel (BSc Sociology, class of 2012)
  • Practice Nurse, Brocklebank Group Practice (BA Sociology and Spanish, class of 2006)
  • Project Manager, Give and Take Care (BSc Sociology, class of 2005)
  • Senior Account Manager, Feel Ten Feet Tall (BSc Sociology, class of 2000)


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

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