Careers and employability

A degree from the University of Sheffield opens the door to a remarkably rich and varied range of career options. This reflects the breadth and diversity of our degrees, as well as the unique skills-set that our graduates possess. It also reflects the research and teaching strengths of the Department and the high standing our graduates have with prospective employers.

Postgraduate students talking outside Elmfield

We actively encourage students to gain skills, understanding and personal attributes that make them more able to gain employment, be successful in their chosen occupations and become active citizens.

Working with the University Careers Service, we offer support in gaining work experience, developing skills and finding opportunities for progressing your career and much more. For those pursuing a research career, we offer more tailored support and advice on the next stages of postgraduate research study or on developing a research career in other organisations.


Our department is part of the University's Faculty of Social Sciences so our students can take part in exciting initiatives like our Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS) scheme.  GLOSS gives both undergraduate and postgraduate students the chance to apply to attend major international summits like the G20.

Check the latest opportunities


Sheffield Volunteering helps students of all levels to make an impact in our city through community volunteering. By giving your time not only can you contribute to your community but you will gain new skills and experiences, which will in turn enhance your personal development and can make an impact on your CV. You can volunteer both within and outside of the University.

Find out more about volunteering

What are our graduates doing?

Social work graduate Rebecca Joy Novell

Since Graduating I have been a Transitional Housing Service Worker for a homeless charity. My role was to support young people leaving care and custody going into accommodation. Whilst I was in the voluntary sector and not in a 'traditional' Social Work role, I was lucky enough to be able to undertake the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment. My new role will be with the Integrated Gangs Unit in Westminster, working with 10 to 24-year-olds who are affected by Gangs.

Rebecca Joy Novell

Social Work MA

Wendy Kim

"Through this course, I have learnt how to understand international trends and changes systematically. As my work involves creating short-term international programs for students, I must be aware of the international trends to develop programs which are intended to widen the global vision of our students."

Wendy Kim

Product Specialist, Hailiang Education Group

To find out more about what our graduates are doing, please visit our student profile pages.

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Postgraduate taught scholarships

Explore scholarships for postgraduate courses starting in 2020:

  • 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students
  • 125 scholarships worth 25 per cent of the tuition fee for international students