We offer work placement opportunities through a placement module or an alternative work placement portfolio module.
Possible destinations for graduates from this course include civil service departments, local government, non-government organisations, international institutions, industry, commerce and further education. The course can also lead on to more advanced studies at Masters or PhD levels.
Employability is embedded throughout the course and we offer specialist pathways in Crime and Justice, Gender and Culture, Health and Family Studies, which are designed to maximise employability planning and opportunities. In particular, the ‘Research Methods’ modules provide you with valuable transferable skills. There is plenty of scope for developing effective approaches to group-working and for demonstrating personal initiative (particularly with the dissertation).
To further enhance employability, we arrange workshops in conjunction with the Careers and Employability Service that focus on possible careers for sociology students. We also integrate work placement and internship opportunities within the course. Intern opportunities are advertised throughout the year.
It is usually possible to take a module from the free University Language Scheme, which will earn credits towards your degree. The language module can be taken on top of or as part of the 120 credits needed to complete a year.
Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of the University Language Scheme:
It may be possible to switch your studies to another country for one or two semesters during the second year. You can choose from over 150 universities in 20 countries, either English-speaking (such as Australia, Canada and the USA) or non English-speaking (such as Argentina, Brazil and Japan). This gives you an opportunity to get an international perspective on the issues that you are studying.
The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience.
CV-enhancing opportunities include:
- Work placements
- Graduate internships
- Studying abroad
- Student Ambassador Scheme
- Starting your own business
- Student jobs and volunteering
- Careers advice
For full details, please see our Employability page.
If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.
To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:
Tel: 0191 515 3751