A recent survey by Unistats.co.uk has reported that 85% of Bristol postgraduate students are employed in a graduate level job within 6 months of graduation. Please see the Unistats site for full subject specific information and comparison tables of other universities.
Students of the MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers; SPAIS collects alumni statements for examples of student experiences on the course and in the job market. You can also find statements from graduates on the International Office website and from the Careers Service.
Many sectors such as the Civil Service, NGO and charity work require an MSc and some volunteer/ internship experience. Whilst the requirement of masters study is present it appears that it doesn’t have to be in a specific subject area within Politics or Sociology. For instance we have seen that graduates from Sociology programmes such as Ethnicity and Multiculturalism and Social and Cultural Studies have gone on to work as Deputy Manager for Refugee UK and Development Worker for Girl Guiding UK and graduates from Politics programmes such as International Relations or Gender and International Relations have been employed as Housing Advisor for Shelter or Community Family Worker for Barnardos.
An extended list of graduate career destinations is available, along with examples of internships (paid and unpaid) that graduates have undertaken to start their careers.
These websites from the Careers Service give further information and guidance on your potential career.
See some Alumni statements from recent graduates.