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School of Social and Political Sciences

There are lots of opportunities for you to make great use of your degree studies. A helpful starting point is the ‘what can I do with my degree page’ on Prospects. Click on the below subject areas to link to the pages which are likely to be most relevant to School of Social and Political Sciences graduates:


International Relations


Social Policy


Youth and Community Work

If you’re interested in working overseas, check out our global working resources via the button below:Global Working Resources

You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:

What Do Graduates Do?

Interested in working within intelligence?

MI5 runs an Intelligence Officer Development Programme.

If you enjoy working with statistics, analysing data, or are interested in a data science role, take a look at StatsJobs for ideas on roles.  

The MOD, RAF and other armed forces regularly recruit Intelligence Officers. One route is via the RAF Officer recruitment process and another is via the Government employment route which includes the Joint Forces Intelligence Group.

Interested in a career in social research?

Take a look at the Economic and Social Research Council website for ideas and information on careers as well as the the Gov.UK Government Social Research page and the Social Research Association website.

Considering a role in supporting research within higher education?

Two great places to undertake some role research are The Guardian and

Interested in working in the public sector?

Here are a couple of places you might like to explore: Use the Gov.UK Civil Service job search site to discover opportunities in areas such as conflict advice, intelligence, knowledge and information management, governance, human resources, project delivery, risk management and social research.

Here’s a short video about working for the Civil Service:

Here are a handful of links to some graduate schemes you will want to check out:

  • GCHQ Future Leaders Scheme
  • The NHS Graduate Management Scheme 
  • The Frontline Leadership Programme is a Leadership Development Programme aimed at graduates who do not have a qualification in Social Work and who are interested in a career in Children’s Social Work. It is a two-year programme which offers outstanding graduates and career changers an alternative route into Children’s Social Work. The focus is to prioritise hands-on experience through practice-based learning, alongside intensive practical and academic training.
  • The Civil Service Fast Stream programme offers 15 different schemes, each offering structured learning with a government profession. You can select up to four scheme preferences when you apply.  Top Tip: Make use of the opportunity offered through the programme to register your interest in applying by emailing
  • National Graduate Development Programme is a two-year programme which develops the next generation of managers within local government to lead on critical projects and services that have tangible, everyday outcomes for people’s lives.  Colleagues from NGDP come onto Campus annually to provide students with top tips and insights regarding the Programme. Their workshops will be promoted on our events page.

Keep an eye on our events pages to see any upcoming events with top graduate employers.

Interested in a career in the Probation Service?

Click here to find out how to train to become a probation officer.

Interested in a career in the armed forces?

A regular graduate employer on Campus are our colleagues from the RAF recruitment office in Lincoln. They run regular workshops and drop ins for students and graduates to attend, including providing insights into their recruitment process (for general recruitment as well as specialist routes such as intelligence, policing, personal training, human resources and finance). Additionally they host groups of students on Career Spotlight visits to Stations across Lincolnshire to hear from different professionals working within the RAF – providing a great insight into the different opportunities and career pathways they have taken up within the RAF.

For an overview of graduate careers within the RAF have a look at their web page. It’s also worth exploring opportunities to join our local Universities Air Squadron during your time here at Lincoln.

We also welcome our Army recruitment colleagues onto Campus at least once per year, so watch out for your invite to their workshops via our events page. The Army recruitment page is a great place to start your research into suitable careers.

Want to change the world for a living?

As a Charityworks Graduate Trainee you will deliver a full time job in a partner charity or housing association, and take part in an acclaimed leadership programme which will introduce you to what you need to work and lead in the non-profit sector. Placement organisations range from national charities such as AgeUK and NSPCC to award-winning local housing associations like Poplar HARCA in the East End of London, to national organisations like the National Housing Federation. Applications for the Charityworks Graduate Trainee programme generally open at the beginning of October each year and close at the end of the following February. Placements begin in September of the following year. Click here to find out more and apply.

Top Tip – Register your interest outside of their recruitment season – you’ll receive updates on their programme as well as finding out about what’s current in their world.

Unlocked is a two-year Leadership Development Programme aimed at training graduates to become inspirational and supportive leaders. Serving as a prison officer, participants build their skills through a bespoke training programme, alongside working with prisoners to identify and implement actions and strategies that will help them break the cycle of reoffending. Participants work towards a fully funded Master’s in Leadership and Custodial Environments and have the opportunity to contribute to and influence policy on prison reform.

Interested in a policing career?

If you are looking for a graduate scheme into policing, take a look at Police Now.

Police Now’s mission is to transform communities, reduce crime and increase the public’s confidence in policing by recruiting and developing a diverse group of individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline.

Their two-year national programmes train outstanding graduates to become police officers and detectives working in partnership to transform communities.

Top Tip: Do some research into the various initiatives Police Now are involved in, such as The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP).

The RAF recruit to a variety of roles within their RAF Policing function. As well as generalist policing recruits, they also recruit and train for a number of different specialist areas such as aviation security, counter intelligence, protective security, military working dogs and information & cyber security. Their website provides further information into roles and the recruitment process.

Click here for information on more graduate schemes

Click here for some useful websites to check out

(Click the links to visit the websites)

If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in the social and political sciences, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat.  Book an Appointment