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Our graduates develop successful careers all over the world. 

As a graduate of the Department of Sociology, you'll have a deep understanding of the world around you. 

Studying sociology is ideal preparation for any job with a focus on people. You'll be ready to consider different needs and put ethical practice at the heart of your career.

Whether you want to pursue a career in criminal justice, the media, education or any other sector, our degrees will give you the transferable skills you need to succeed in the workplace. 

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Professor Robin Wooffitt
Recruitment and Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)1904 323 048

Graduate success

95% of York Sociology graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17 (HESA) (Full-time UK students)

Career opportunities

  • Criminal justice, policing and law
  • Social research
  • Education
  • Media and creative industries
  • Health and cultural services
  • Charity sector


Transferable skills

  • Problem-solving
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Forming reasoned arguments
  • Thinking creatively
  • Considering different viewpoints

Add to this the experience you'll get working in a team and using your initiative, and you'll have a whole host of invaluable skills that can be transferred to lots of different industries.

York Futures

York Futures is the University's unique employability programme. From day one, you'll have access to excellent careers advice, opportunities and resources. We'll support you to identify and develop your strengths and build a portfolio of valuable skills to help you stand out from the crowd and shape your career.

Contact us

Professor Robin Wooffitt
Recruitment and Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)1904 323 048