Enhance your student experience
96% of our graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation.
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Here in the Department of Sociological Studies, our programmes connect students with real-world experiences and knowledge, and generate opportunities for them to understand cutting-edge developments in society. Students and graduates are equipped with invaluable transferable skills, academic knowledge and a professional, enthusiastic approach to their learning and personal development. Our students, and their employment opportunities, are national and international.
Our recent graduates work in journalism, digital and social media, marketing, human resources, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local government and health services. Others have forged careers as teachers, police officers, social workers and postgraduate researchers. We are committed to supporting our students to achieve their ambitions through our teaching, careers support and access to internships, work and placement opportunities beyond the lecture theatre.
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We believe that a university degree is more than just studying your chosen subject. We also want you to be able to develop your transferable skills, and we offer you the opportunity to enhance your CV by participating in a range of extra-curricular activities that will be both personally fulfilling and attractive to potential employers.
Take a look at some of the opportunities available to you as a Sheffield student...
Sociology in Practice
Sociology in Practice (SiP) is a brand new initiative funded by the University Alumni, and run by Care-Connect in conjunction with the Department of Sociological Studies. It is specifically designed for level 3 undergraduate students based within the Department of Sociological Studies and offers research placements with external organisations.
"I would recommend the Sociology in Practice module to anyone. I'd previously spent a lot of time doing essays but doing research as part of this module helped me to realise my potential and how the skills taught in the classroom can be used in the real world."
Samanta Kleine, Sociology in Practice module student
Global Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS)
GLOSS provides undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Faculty of Social Sciences with a pioneering range of international opportunities. You can engage with international policy; pursue international research; and take action in the field of international development.
My Experience at the GEC Summit 2016
"By participating in the GLOSS scheme, you will also be equipped with more skills and real global experience which will be very useful for your future career. Not every university has such a scheme, so we definitely have the seize the opportunity."
Final year BA Sociology student Ziyu Huang visited the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2016 in Medellin, Colombia, as part of the University's GLOSS scheme. Read more about her experience here.
326th Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
A small group of students visited the ILO headquarters in Geneva in March 2016 to attend the 326th Governing Body. Among those students were Asatu Getaweh, BA Sociology graduate, and Winona Shaw, BA Social Policy and Sociology graduate.
Both Asatu and Winona were studying the MA Social Research at the University of Sheffield at the time of their visit. Winona has since gone on to PhD study in the Department of Sociological Studies. Here, they each tell us what their experience meant to them. Read more
Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
We offer our undergraduate students who are not in their first or final year of study an opportunity to participate in the SURE scheme. SURE offers The University of Sheffield's undergraduate students a chance to become directly involved in the research activity of the University, take part in 'real life' research projects in subject areas that are of special interest, and experience what it's like to work in partnership with academic staff or collaboratively in a research group.
Find out what kind of research projects Sociological Studies students have undertaken as part of SURE, and what they have to say about their experience here.
To boost your learning experience and broaden your horizons throughout your time at Sheffield, there are two schemes through which you can apply to study abroad. These are the University-wide Study Abroad scheme, which allows students to study in a range of countries outside Europe, and the Erasmus scheme, through which students may study at a European university outside the UK.
The Sheffield Graduate Award
The Sheffield Graduate Award is a way to gain reward for your extra-curricular activities while at University. Co-ordinated by the Careers Service, the award allows students at all levels to achieve a university-recognised certificate upon graduation and is endorsed by a number of leading employers. To be eligible, you would complete a portfolio of your activities from four of the following sections undertaken at any time during your studies:
Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
All undergraduate students at Sheffield are given a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), to provide you with a comprehensive record of your University achievements. You can use your HEAR to provide employers with evidence of your individual strengths and skills.
We are committed to developing the employability skills of our students and we embed these in our curriculum from level one onwards. These skills include team working, project planning, presentation skills and social and cultural awareness. Real life case studies are also incorporated into our teaching.
Our students have the chance to study a module that is based on carrying out research in an organisation so they can apply their academic research skills in a professional environment. They also study a module exploring the value of sociology, so they can reflect on the knowledge and skills they have gained during their degree.
Our students have opportunities to gain personalised support with their career plans and to receive tailored advice about placements and other employability opportunities. We support our students through both taught classes and one to one sessions, and encourage them to take advantage of these opportunities. The Department’s ‘Enhancing Your Student Experience’ handbook is provided to all new students and it details the support options which we offer.
When you graduate, you will:
The skills you learn in Sociological Studies enable you to understand the world around you. You will learn about qualitative and quantitative research methods and as a result, you will develop your research skills, which are sought after in any career environment. Other valuable skills you will develop include communication, interpersonal, analytical and leadership skills, along with a knowledge of statistics and a cross-cultural understanding.
What our graduates do
Some of our recent graduates work in journalism, marketing, human resources, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local government and health services. Others have forged careers as teachers, police officers, social workers and market researchers, to name just a few destinations.