Human Communication Sciences
Graduates from Human Communications Sciences degrees follow different paths after graduation depending on the specific degree studied. The vast majority of those completing the BMedSci Speech Science course find employment in the health and education sectors as Speech and Language Therapists, with a small number entering related occupational areas such as Teaching Assistant and Pre-School Assistant, prior to gaining a speech therapy post.
Graduates from the BSc Human Communication Sciences courses enter a wider range of jobs; some are degree-related (Learning Support Worker, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant), while examples of other areas of work include pensions, banking, and administration. They are also more likely to undertake further study after graduation, often in health and caring professions.
Those completing the MMed Sci Clinical Communication Studies almost exclusively enter employment as Speech and Language Therapists, again with a small number starting in related support posts.
“Having done the Human Communication Sciences BSc I was very interested to find out how to apply all that knowledge about communication difficulties to the real world. My job has allowed me to do that" - Human Communication Science graduate 2009
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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates
Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.
Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.
Human Communication Sciences - what University of Sheffield graduates do six months after graduation
This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.
Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.
Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject
There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as speech therapist or special educational needs teacher. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject, so you should be prepared to explore all your options.
We have put together a number of resources to help with this.
Options with your subject - Biomedical Sciences | Education | Linguistics | Psychology
This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.
Detailed profiles for a wide range of occupations are available from Prospects and include job descriptions, case studies, salary and conditions, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.
Graduates from undergraduate degrees in Human Communication Sciences can progress to a number of different postgraduate study specialisms. In practice, this option is pursued mainly by BSc graduates, in health and education vocational areas such as nursing, social work, audiology and primary teaching.
If you are interested in postgraduate study, a good place to start is Prospects, which offer a database of courses and research opportunities.
Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest
We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.
Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.
Other suggested vacancy sources
Finding work experience
Structured work experience placements are an integral part of the BMedSci and MMedSci courses. Students wishing to gain additional experience of working with particular client groups may pursue this through volunteering, or through paid part-time/vacation work in an educational or healthcare setting. BSc students may also develop relevant work experience in this way, or if interested in Teaching, may contact schools directly to gain essential classroom experience.