Criminology and Sociology graduates work in a wide range of occupations, including the media, civil service, police, research, teaching, business, commerce, marketing and management. Some graduates build on the degree by undertaking postgraduate training in fields such as social work, law, social science research and teaching. Tailored careers advice and study guidance is available to all students throughout their time at Queen’s.
Studying for a Joint Honours Degree in Criminology and Sociology at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
The diversity of interests and topics covered in the discipline, plus the wide range of skills it equips you with, means that our students enter a wide range of careers on graduation. These include the public sector (e.g. social services, education, criminal justice, social work), private sector (e.g. market research, policy analysis, human resources), and third sector (e.g. policy analyst, researcher, youth support worker, charity fundraiser). A number of our students also go on to postgraduate study, on a full or part-time basis.
The following is a list of the major career sectors (and indicative starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
- Fast Stream Civil Service: £25,000
- Diversity Manager: £22,800
- Public Policy Analyst: £19,000
- Public Relations Officer: £16,000-25,000
- Volunteer Coordinator: £20,000-£26,500
- Social Researcher: £22,000
- Social Worker (after relevant graduate track degree): £23,500
- Public Administrator: £22,300
- Charity Fundraiser: £15,000-£24,000
- Police Officer: £22,300
- Teacher (after relevant graduate track degree): £21,500
Consultations:We have an active and engaged Employers Forum, which is a panel composed of individuals of high ranking in organisations in fields directly relevant to our degree programmes, including G4S (the world leading provider of security solutions), the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Hastings Hotels, Craigavon District Council, and NI Community and Voluntary Association. The members of this panel advise staff in incorporating employability skills in the development of our degree programmes and in helping prepare our students for the world of work. They also contribute to advisory sessions for students on careers and employability.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Many of the School’s former graduates have risen to the top of their fields, for example:
- Dr Michael Maguire,Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland and former Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland
- Professor Marie Breen Smyth, Chair of International Politics, University of Surrey
- Dr Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Well-being
- Dr Liz Fawcett, Managing Director and Principal Consultant with Liz Fawcett Consulting
- Dr. John Doyle, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dublin City University
- Paul Burns, former Director of Corporate Services, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
You should also take a look at www.prospects.ac.ukfor further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Sociology Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to Criminology/Sociology graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, see:
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. As a Queen’s student, you will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, you will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
Our full employability statement can be viewed at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/filestore/Filetoupload,284878,en.pdf
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, promoting employability enhancements and other interests is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe and learning development supports as well as involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers. Further information is available at www.qub.ac.uk/degreeplus