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School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Sociology, Sociology with Criminology, Media, Culture and Society

Your careers team

Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.

Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice.  As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles. 

To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the team

Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.

We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Analysing and interpreting data
  • Critical thinking
  • Generating and evaluating evidence
  • Making reasoned arguments and ethical judgments
  • Organising work and meeting deadlines
  • Report writing
  • Researching, judging and evaluating complex information
  • Working collaboratively
  • A broad commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries;
  • A flexible, creative and independent approach to tasks
  • Critical analysis
  • Initiation and development of creative work in writing, audio-visual or other electronic media
  • Research
  • Teamwork
  • The ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines
  • Applying sociological theory to society's organisations, including schools, hospitals and offices
  • Appreciating the complexity and diversity of social situations;
  • Developing opinions and new ideas on societal issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of research methods, analysis and statistical techniques
  • Making reasoned arguments
  • Organising work and meeting deadlines
  • Relating sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy
  • Researching, judging and evaluating complex information and evidence
  • Strong IT skills
  • The ability to understand, scrutinise and re-assess common perceptions of the social world

Career options

Approximately 60% of graduate roles are open to all disciplines. The links below are specific to Sociology, Sociology with Criminology, Media, Culture and Society if you would like information on other career areas, please visit the career areas section of our website.

Careers directly related to Sociology:

 

 

Careers directly related to Criminology:

 

 

Careers directly related to Media, Culture and Society:  

Careers where your degree would be useful:

 

*You can also look at other course pages depending on other modules you have taken and/or are interested in*

Further study

 Further study at Loughborough University:

The Social Sciences Department has four Postgraduate Taught Master's programmes that you can apply to:

You can also study for a research degree including a PhD (Post Honours Doctorate) or MPhil (Master of Philosophy). Further information can be found on the Department webpages.

Further study elsewhere:

Some areas of interest include:

 

To explore further masters courses, please go to Find a Masters.com or Postgraduate Search

Where do graduates go?

What do Loughborough Communication and Media Studies graduates do?

Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.

The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programmes within the Department of Social Sciences, of which Communication and Media Studies is one. To read career stories from graduates from the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences view our Graduate Profiles.

Six months after graduating in 2017…

  • Main activity: 95% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £21,824 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry locations (professional level roles): 37% in London, 27% stayed in the East Midlands, 12% in the East of England, 10% in the West Midlands, 6% in the South East and 4% in Yorkshire & the Humber.
  • Industry sectors (professional level roles): 18% were in information and communication; 14% were in professional, scientific and technical activities; 12% were in education; 12% were in human health and social work activities; 10% were in public administration and 8% were in administrative and support services.

Employers included:

Atos, Boots, Brixton Prison, Care UK, CV-Library, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Essex Police, Explore Learning, Ford Motor Company, Grant Thornton, Hays Recruitment, Local Government, NHS, Santander, Sky, Warner Bros UK

Roles included:

Administrator, Account Executive, Digital Strategy Intern, Employment Support Worker, Field Sales Executive, Human Resources Graduate, Intelligence Researcher, Market Research Analyst, Police Officer, Recruitment Coordinator, Regional Account Manager, User Experience Executive

Further Study included:

MA Creative Writing, MSc Information Management and Business Technology, MSc Marketing, MA Advertising and Marketing, MSc Child Development, MA Law, MA Media and Public Relations, PGCE Secondary Education

 

What do Loughborough Criminology and Social Policy graduates do?

Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.

The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programmes within the Department of Social Sciences, of which Criminology and Social Policy is one.

Six months after graduating in 2017…

  • Main activity: 95% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £21,824 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry locations (professional level roles): 37% in London, 27% stayed in the East Midlands, 12% in the East of England, 10% in the West Midlands, 6% in the South East and 4% in Yorkshire & the Humber.
  • Industry sectors (professional level roles): 18% were in information and communication; 14% were in professional, scientific and technical activities; 12% were in education; 12% were in human health and social work activities; 10% were in public administration and 8% were in administrative and support services.

Employers included:

Atos, Boots, Brixton Prison, Care UK, CV-Library, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Essex Police, Explore Learning, Ford Motor Company, Grant Thornton, Hays Recruitment, Local Government, NHS, Santander, Sky, Warner Bros UK

Roles included:

Administrator, Account Executive, Digital Strategy Intern, Employment Support Worker, Field Sales Executive, Human Resources Graduate, Intelligence Researcher, Market Research Analyst, Police Officer, Recruitment Coordinator, Regional Account Manager, User Experience Executive

Further Study included:

MA Creative Writing, MSc Information Management and Business Technology, MSc Marketing, MA Advertising and Marketing, MSc Child Development, MA Law, MA Media and Public Relations, PGCE Secondary Education

What do Loughborough Communication and Media Studies graduates do?

Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.

The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programmes within the Department of Social Sciences, of which Communication and Media Studies is one. To read career stories from graduates from the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences view our Graduate Profiles.

Six months after graduating in 2017…

  • Main activity: 95% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £21,824 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry locations (professional level roles): 37% in London, 27% stayed in the East Midlands, 12% in the East of England, 10% in the West Midlands, 6% in the South East and 4% in Yorkshire & the Humber.
  • Industry sectors (professional level roles): 18% were in information and communication; 14% were in professional, scientific and technical activities; 12% were in education; 12% were in human health and social work activities; 10% were in public administration and 8% were in administrative and support services.

Employers included:

Atos, Boots, Brixton Prison, Care UK, CV-Library, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Essex Police, Explore Learning, Ford Motor Company, Grant Thornton, Hays Recruitment, Local Government, NHS, Santander, Sky, Warner Bros UK

Roles included:

Administrator, Account Executive, Digital Strategy Intern, Employment Support Worker, Field Sales Executive, Human Resources Graduate, Intelligence Researcher, Market Research Analyst, Police Officer, Recruitment Coordinator, Regional Account Manager, User Experience Executive

Further Study included:

MA Creative Writing, MSc Information Management and Business Technology, MSc Marketing, MA Advertising and Marketing, MSc Child Development, MA Law, MA Media and Public Relations, PGCE Secondary Education

Further information

Resources to research career areas

Websites:

 

Videos:

There are a number of videos available providing you with first-hand accounts of certain careers; including information on industries, sectors, job roles and tips on how to get into specific roles.

 

Find work experience, placements and graduate jobs

Organisations That Have Graduate Schemes Directly Related to Criminology and Social Policy:

Areas with Criminology and Social Policy Related Jobs:

 

Organisations that have graduate schemes directly related to Sociology:

Sociology specific websites:

 

Organisations that have graduate schemes directly related to Communication and Media:

If you are looking for a career in communication and media, it’s important to remember there are many small and medium sized companies within this sector who will employ graduates, so it’s important to do your research and you could apply to them directly, it’s best to ask us for advice on how to do this.

Communication and Media specific websites:

 Publishing / the book trade

  • The Book Trade Charity - offer financial help for young people looking to looking for jobs in the book trade.

 

Jobs boards for entry level roles:

 

 

 

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)