SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Graduate Destinations

How does an Anthropology and Sociology degree help with my career?

The department of Anthropology and Sociology provides innovative and challenging teaching that develops students understanding of the world and how society is organised and provides graduates up to a wide range of career possibilities.  As well as detailed subject knowledge, which varies according to the biological or social focus of the degree; graduates are equipped with a portfolio of transferable skills which employers seek, including analytical skills, written and oral communication skills, research skills, planning and organisation skills along with the ability to work in teams.

Former Anthropology and Sociology students have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in business and public sectors, as well as continuing in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Example employers include:

Action Against Hunger
Amnesty International
British Military Fitness
Brook Green Pet Care
Civil Service
Department for International Development (DFID)
Developing a Professional Portfolio (Music Production)
Dublin Institute Technology
Education First (EF)
Financial Ombudsman Service
Greater London Authority
Hackney Migrant Centre
Harris Primary Academy Kent House
Internationaella Bekantskaper (International Acquaintances)
International Medical Corps
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
London International Development Centre
MTA International
New Schools Network
Oasis Children's Venture
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Save the Children
EarthRights International
Sayegusa and Co.
SOAS, University of London
Somali Embassy 
Sustainable Food Trust
Tallinn Business Incubators
The Gaia Centre
The Plough Inn
UNHCR (United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees)
Universidad de Costa Rica (University of Costa Rica)
University of Sussex
Universität Tübingen (University of Tuebingen)
Example job titles include:
Adult Teacher/Co-Ordinator
Adviser Intern
Advocacy Intern
Associate Tutor (Social Anthropology)
Communication Co-Ordinator
Community Fundraising Volunteer
Conference Interpreter
Developing a Professional Portfolio (Music Production)
Education Champions Co-Ordinator
English Teacher
Executive Assistant to the Somali Ambassador
Fast Streamer
Film Editor
Freelance Development Consultant
Freelance Negotiator
Gender Violence Outreach Worker
Inclusion Playwork Support Worker
Lecturer in Culinary Arts
Media Reform Programme Adviser (BBC Media Action)
Mental Health Area Manager
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer
Programme Manager for Humanitarian Research
Project Manager
Research Assistant
Research Officer
Sales Consultant
Self-Employed Consultant
Special Adviser
Station Manager
Telephone Fundraiser
Tutorial Teacher
University Researcher

DLHE Statistics

Graduate Destination Surveys from 2014 show that the majority of graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study, work and study or volunteering.

Further information about DLHE is available on the Careers Service website.

What do Graduates do?

Job Profiles and Careers Information

  • Occupational profiles for 600 career areas on Prospects
  • Postgraduate study information and database on Prospects
  • For more information about careers, visit Careers Tagged

Relevant Links