Published: 27 April 2020

Top jobs with a criminology or social research methods masters degree

Find out what you could do with a masters degree in criminology or social research methods and discover some of the jobs our graduates have secured.

"Our masters courses give you the opportunity to develop high-level research skills, which open doors to many careers. We also provide an online employability hub giving you access to extensive advice and guidance on how to take the next steps in your chosen career."

Professor Jon Garland, Head of the Department of Sociology

Graduate roles

Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:


  • Crime Journalist
  • Crime Researcher
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Probation Officer.

Social research methods

  • Data Analyst
  • Market Researcher
  • Office for National Statistics Researcher
  • Social Researcher
  • Survey Interviewer.

“Following my dissertation, I will start my new job at the Office for National Statistics as a Research Officer. The Employability and Careers Centre has excellent resources and supports students with their career preparation, by giving advice on their professional profiles, providing mock interviews, and checking CVs and cover letters.”

Boran Shenhuy, MSc Social Research Methods

Related professions

The skills you gain are also highly relevant in other roles, including:

  • Civil Service Administrator
  • Community Development Worker
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker.

Many of our graduates go on to complete a PhD, investigating an area of personal interest.


Discover more about our postgraduate criminology and social research methods courses, and what it’s like being a student at Surrey.

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