Politics graduate destinations

A Politics degree provides graduates with skills needed in a broad range of careers, especially those where knowledge of analytical and research methods, and an understanding of complex political issues, are required.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Politics courses (BA and BSc)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 107 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 79.9%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 50%
Part-time work 6%
Due to start work 1%
Full-time study 30%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 7%
Something else 1%
Unemployed 5%

Sector information

The transferable skills Politics graduates from Bristol gain mean that they are highly attractive to employers across all the sectors. Those who do not wish to enter a profession directly related to Politics may choose to enter careers that do not require a specific degree. At present around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Finance and insurance 11
Hospitality 5
Public relations 5
Recruitment 4
Health and social work 4
Wholesale and retail 4
Other sectors (14 sectors) 22

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • RBS
  • Accenture
  • European Policy Institute
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • MHP Communications

Examples of occupations

  • Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Research Intern
  • Civil Servant
  • Account Executive

Further study

Higher degrees undertaken by 2016/17 graduates include International Relations (MSc), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Climate Change, Development and Policy (MSc).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 0
Postgraduate taught degree 23
Postgraduate certificate 1
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 5
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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My current role is related to my degree as it focuses on social justice and improving society. Studying Politics and some modules of Sociology helped crystalise why I wanted a job in the charity sector. My final year involved a lot of presentations, as well as writing proposals and reports - all extremely useful skills.

Rosie, Corporate Partnerships Manager, The Prince's Trust (BSc Politics, 2009)

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