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Combined Honours in Social Sciences

Career Options and Employability

Prospects for Employment and Further Study

The best of both worlds

Employers like the Combined degree - for the obvious reason that graduates come out with a range of skills from the different subjects they have studied. Unusually, Combined Honours in Social Sciences allows you to study a subject with vocational relevance, such as Economics, alongside such elements of a traditional degree such as Politics, Philosophy or Sociology.

In this way Combined Honours in Social Sciences can give you a degree relevant to the world of employment and a traditional academic degree. But remember that most graduates go into employment that is not directly related to their degree. The important thing is the breadth of mind, forms of understanding and various skills that university helps you develop.

Of those students who graduated in 2016

  • 84% secured employment and/or have gone on to further study within six months of graduating
Of those in employment:
  • 95% are in graduate level employment
  • Median salary £29,111

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2015/16 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found

Where do our graduates go?

Recent graduates have gone into a diverse range of employment, including merchant and investment banking, management consultancy, local government, marketing and advertising, the Civil Service, the media, public relations and international charities, teaching English abroad. Some undertake further training, to qualify as teachers, solicitors and barristers, accountants and specialists in Human Resource Management, marketing, advertising etc. Some continue in academia, pursuing Higher Degrees in their chosen subjects or in interdisciplinary fields. Recent graduates have taken or are currently taking MA or MSc degrees in a wide variety of fields, including:

• International Relations

• Development Studies

• Creative Writing

• Forensic and Biological Anthropology

• Management

• Conflict and Security

• Politics

• Gender Studies

• Philosophy

• Real Estate Management

Durham University Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre is here to help you.