What do LSE Social Policy graduates do?

In 2013/14, 97% of undergraduate leavers and 94% of postgraduate leavers from the Department of Social Policy were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation. 

The interdisciplinary nature of social policy means that graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be applied in many different settings. Many Social Policy graduates apply their academic training directly working as policy specialists in both the government and NGO sectors.

The high level analytical and research skills developed by Social Policy programmes are also highly valued by employers as diverse as:

  • Consultancy
  • Pharmaceuticals and Science
  • Public Sector and Government

The average starting salary of graduates from the Social Policy department in 2013/14 was £22,000 for undergraduates, and £36,400 for postgraduates.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Social Policy degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Angel Vicario Merino

MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing, 2012 Head of Delegation for Algeria/Sahara, Spanish Red Cross

Asta Rudzinskaite

MSc NGOs and Development, 2009 International Programmes Officer, Homeless International


BSc Social Policy with Government, 2010 Research and Policy Officer, City Year

Chris Baugh

BSc Social Policy with SociologyPro Boxer and Coach, the Boxing Clinic

Claire Chaumont

MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing, 2011 Research manager, National institute of Public Health (Mexico)

Emily Murrell

BSc Social Policy with Government, 2011 EU Policy Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Kate Hayes

BSc Criminology and Social PolicyPrimary School Teacher, Teach First

Peter Joshi

MSc NGO Management, 2005Emergency Management Officer for UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency

Employability skills

Sociological skills are valued across a range of occupations both in the private and public sectors, enabling graduates from the Department of Social Policy to find employment in public, commercial or independent organisations concerned with social policy, national or international research institutes, or to proceed to postgraduate courses in social policy and related areas of social science.

Specific skills gained from studying Social Policy at LSE include:

  • The ability to communicate (both verbally and in writing) complex detail in a lucid and succinct form. Furthermore this involves the ability to listen and engage in debate, offer reasoned arguments and sustain or amend your views in the light of the response of others
  • Competence in managing large and diverse quantities of information. Ability to organise it in a logical, conceptual and coherent way
  • Ability to undertake and present research, evaluate evidence and work to a set timeframe
  • High level analytical skills to critically evaluate and assess research and evidence.
  • Ability to make balanced judgements on the basis of incomplete and conflicting evidence
  • To communicate an argument and to evaluate others' arguments and research