Your career

As a student at the University of Sheffield, you will benefit from a wide range of opportunities to acquire important transferable skills to develop your career.

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Increase your employability

The Department of Politics and International Relations offers students several ways to get involved in extra curricular activities, projects and work opportunities so that you can set yourself apart from other graduates in the future job market. 


PREPPE (the Postgraduate Research Experience Programme in Political Economy) offers opportunities for students on the SPERI-affiliated MA in Global Political Economy to participate in a new research project, in the context of an on-going commitment to research-led learning. You can see an example of their work in the video below:

Postgraduate student ambassador

There are opportunities to represent the department and university as a student ambassador, as well as other chances to work for the university in the JobShop

Careers Service

Internships and volunteering

Internships can be a great way to work alongside your degree. These opportunities can be paid or unpaid and do offer valuable experience that looks great on your CV. Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people, help the community and support causes that you are passionate about, whilst gaining key transferable skills that will be sought after by potential employers. The University of Sheffield has one of the biggest volunteering programmes in the UK, and our careers service helps put you in touch with organisations who look for volunteers and interns. 

Find out more about part-time work and placements

Find out more about volunteering

Careers support in department

Nicola offering support and careers guidance to student

As well as all of the support services within the university, we also have staff in the department that students can go to for help. Whether that's for career advice, setting up a placement year or for expanding your networks, the department has:

  • Personal tutors
  • Learning and teaching support officer
  • Academic staff contact hours
  • Employability officer

The Faculty of Social Sciences (which includes the Department of Politics and International Relations) also has a range of opportunities specifically for postgraduate students.

Postgraduate Advantage Scheme

You can apply to take part in the Postgraduate Advantage Scheme to enhance your CV and gain practical experience during your degree.  Students receive a bursary to cover expenses.

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Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS) gives students the chance to get involved in an exciting range of international opportunities. By taking part in GLOSS, you can actively engage with international policy makers and take action in the field of international development.  This provides a unique opportunity to gain international perspectives while you study and gives you an international edge to your University of Sheffield experience.

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Interested in studying for your masters with us? We're currently accepting applications for September 2019 entry.

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