Sociology BA (Hons)

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Career prospects

Our graduates have gone onto successful careers in both the public and private sectors; social welfare and criminal justice agencies such as the police and probation services and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) eg working with organisations supporting homeless people, refugees and in social research.

We will enable you to develop a range of social scientific, analytic and communication skills and a variety of transferable skills valued by many employers in a range of industries (eg media organisations, local government and charitable organisations, and commercial and financial service sectors).

Studying with us also provides a sound basis from which you will be able to pursue postgraduate studies either with a vocational orientation (MA in Social Work, Legal Practice Course, for example) or to further your research skills at masters and doctoral levels.

Recent employers

  • Merseyside Police
  • HM Prison Service
  • National Probation Service
  • Legal Services Commission
  • Mencap
  • IPSOS Mori
  • Shell
  • British Council.

Work experience opportunities

In Year Two, you may have the choice to work as part of your studies. In Year Three, you have the opportunity of taking up work placements via our ‘Interchange’ service. This connects you with a variety of voluntary and charitable organisations in and around the region. These include the Community Voluntary Service, Refugee Action, Liverpool Student Community Action (homelessness project, play days and Chinese New Year celebrations), Victim Support, Barnados, and the Citizens Advice Bureau. Through this kind of work you will produce reports to help the organisations develop their services and meet local needs – a great thing to have on your CV!

Postgraduate opportunities

  • Social Research Methods MA
  • Criminology Research MRes
  • Social Research MRes.

Qualifying you for life

Studying with us will enable you to develop a range of social, scientific, analytic and communication skills and a variety of transferable skills valued in a range of industries (eg media organisations, local government and charitable organisations, and commercial and financial service sectors).

Hannah Pool
Sociology BA (Hons)

Reading Sociology at the University of Liverpool changed my life. It was while at Liverpool I learnt how to study society in a rigorous, academic way, as opposed to as a passive observer. At Liverpool I developed my analytical mind and learned how to articulate my thoughts, all of which helped me to go on and become an award winning journalist and author. I use the skills I learnt at the University of Liverpool daily in my career as a journalist. Whether quizzing a supermodel about feminism or interviewing a Congolese film director, the tools and knowledge I picked up as part of my Sociology degree have proved invaluable.