Health and Social Sciences graduate destinations
From the moment our students start, they get careers information and advice - from employers, our careers team, and their tutors. So by the time they graduate, they will be equipped with the experience, contacts and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.
Great graduate careers
Many of our graduates go into professional and managerial jobs related to their degree. Thanks to the transferable skills they develop, they also find careers in business, human resources, law, charity or media.
Psychology graduates go into jobs including:
- Assistant Psychologist
- NHS Recovery Support Worker
- Business and Finance Consultant
- Mentor and Care Worker
- Teaching and Learning Assistant
- Behavioural Therapist
- Research Associate
- Marketing and Communications
Criminology and Sociology
Graduates in criminology and sociology go into jobs including:
- Youth and Community Worker
- Police Victim Support Officer
- Graduate Management Trainee
- Drug Intervention Worker
- Probation Officer
- Systems Support Officer IT
- Prison Officer
- Police Constable
- Criminal Statistics Officer.
Social work graduates go into jobs including:
- Social Worker
- Domestic Violence Advisor
- Caseworker Welfare Service
- Youth Worker
- Child Protection Social Worker.
Public and Environmental Health
Graduates in public and environmental health go into jobs including:
- Public Health Specialist
- Public Health Programme Manager
- Environmental Health Officer
- Local Authority Neighbourhood Officer
- Food Production Advisor
- Health and Safety Officer
- Food Hygiene Consultant
- Accommodation Development Officer
- Travel and Environment Officer (NHS).
Philosophy, Politics and International
Graduates in philosophy, politics and international relations go into jobs including:
- Anti-Money Laundering Analyst
- Army or Navy Officer
- Accounts Manager
- Fundraiser and Organiser
- Charity Manager
- Business Analyst
- Political Party Case Worker
- Share Dealer
Top graduate employers
The South West has a large public sector and graduates find jobs here or farther afield.
We work with employer partners who shape our courses; advise students on careers; and provide placements and work experience opportunities. Many graduates find work with these as well as employers such as:
- Bristol City Council
- Bristol Young Offenders Scheme
- Rolls Royce PLC
- Gloucester Community Services
- Ministry of Defence
- Avon and Somerset Police
- Somerset County Council
- North Bristol NHS.
Some graduates go on to postgraduate study in areas such as academic research, counselling, social work, law or teaching. Examples from our 2016 graduates include:
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- MSc Marketing
- MSc Applied Neuropsychology
- MSc Applied Forensic Psychology
- MSc Health Psychology
- MA International Relations
- MSc Public Health
- MSc Events Management
- MSc Criminology
- MSc Sociology.
Community and social engagement opportunities
Our staff are active researchers and have connections with a range of community, social and public sector organisations. Working with these, they arrange opportunities for students to apply knowledge, network, and develop vital employer relationships. This is through presentations from guest speakers, events and community engagement activities.
Students can take advantage of work-based learning on our Developing Self and Society module. Combining work experience and self-reflection, they apply new knowledge to work and community engagement. This helps them develop the necessary skills and professionalism for employment and active citizenship.
Placements and work experience
Work experience is vital in today’s crowded jobs market. While they’re here, we give students one-to-one support to help them find experience that fits their career plans.
They are prepared for work through a series of placements throughout their course. This helps them work out where they want to work. And, if they already know, our careers service helps find placements that fit the brief.
Specialist careers support
Sector-specific careers advice is available for each department and one-to-ones are available with our dedicated team. There’s a ‘wall of work’ advertising the latest internships and graduate opportunities. And students can come to weekly careers panels, seminars and workshops to find out more about the public sector.
And it doesn't end when our students graduate. Alumni can access our careers services up until three years after graduation.