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What do LSE Social Psychology graduates do?

In 2012/13, 94% of Social Psychology graduates were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation. 69% were solely in work, applying the broad knowledge and skills obtained during their degree to a range of job sectors including:

  • education (both research and teaching)
  • the media
  • marketing and public relations
  • consultancy
  • local and national government
  • HR
  • charities and development organisations

The average starting salary of graduates from the Social Psychology Institute in 2012/13 was £28,800.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Social Psychology degree programmes, see graduate destinations by degree programme|.

Quick profiles

Quick Profiles are shorter profiles collected at LSE alumni events, which provide an interesting snapshot of each graduate's career since leaving LSE.

Bibiana Bucher

MSc Organisational & Social Psychology, 2009 HR Generalist, Hewlett-Packard

Dimitris Vamvourellis

MSc Organisational and Social Psychology, 2009 Organisational Development Associate, Hellenic Postbank

Maitreyee Patki

MSc Organisational and Social Psychology, 2011 Senior Research Executive, TNS

Zivai Murambireyi

Health Community and Development, 2009 Lead Social Scientist, Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention Project

Employability skills

Graduates of the Department of Social Psychology develop an understanding of human behaviour and society that is relevant to most areas of employment, particularly those that deal with people.

Students acquire numerous transferable skills through their studies. Students have strong critical thinking and problem solving skills and are highly competent in the generation and exploration of hypotheses and research questions. They can gather and critically evaluate complex information.

Students are able to understand the use of empirical enquiry linked with theoretical development. They can demonstrate analysis of data using qualitative and quantitative methods and are skilled in research design and research methods.

Students must practise good verbal and written communications skills when presenting a range of complex information and will call upon numeracy and IT skills in order to communicate data.

Project work may utilise time management and organisational skills and students may gain experience of team working and group presentations.