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School of Government & International Affairs

Career Options and Employability

Coming from Austria to Uzbekistan and 50 countries in between, the postgraduate community in the School of Government and International Affairs is a vibrant international environment. Students come from around the world to studying this discipline area in more detail at Masters or PhD level. Graduates become equipped with skills in critical thinking, research, analysis and the clear communication of complex information that makes them highly employable in related and new career sectors.

Examples of further study

Further study is also a popular option for our Masters graduates. Destinations include PhD studies at Durham and other prestigious universities, the Graduate Diploma (conversion) in Law, Masters in Business Administration, and postgraduate studies in Enterprise Management, Transport and Accountancy.

Employment development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the School of Government and International Affairs. Careers Centre staff deliver presentations and workshops to each year group on topics relevant to that stage of their academic career. Many master's students attend our annual 'Making the Most of your Masters' conference where they develop an awareness of the crucial employability skills in employer lead sessions. PhD students also have access to a specialist Careers Consultant who can help them with any career related issues. Student representatives also organise alumni events at which Durham Theology and Religion graduates return to speak to current students about their career experiences, offering first hand advice and tips on how to enter different sectors.

Career opportunities

Our masters programmes give graduates an excellent chance of success in the competitive graduate labour market. Recent destinations have included:

  • Advisory Officer (Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council)
  • Civil Servant (Tax Credits Office)
  • Graduate Trainee Accountant (Deloitte)
  • Graduate Trainee (Haringey Council)
  • National Management Trainee (Sunderland Council)
  • Project Manager (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung)
  • Case Worker (Government MP's Office)
  • Choral Scholar and Website Designer (Lincoln Cathedral)
  • Parliamentary Assistant (Government MP's Office)
  • Business Support Officer (Nigel Wright)
  • National Management Trainee (London Borough of Sutton)
  • Project Manager (Tangram Architects)
  • Trainee Tea-Buyer (Tetley)
  • Defence Analyst (Visiongain)
  • Education Officer (Council for Advancing Arab-British Understanding)

Some example of the careers that previous DGSi graduates have gone into include:

  • Afghanistan NGO Safety Office (ANSO)
  • Army Intelligence Corps
  • Arthur J Gallagher Graduate Scheme (Political Risk Insurance)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • FTI Consulting (Global Risk and Investigations)
  • Hudson Institute Internship (Policy Research and Analysis)
  • Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Law firms
  • Maple Croft (Global Risk Analytics)
  • PhD research
  • Royal Marines
  • Tesco Corporate Affairs Graduate Scheme (Corporate Social Responsibility)

The opportunities open to those completing a PhD are wide and varied. Some remain within the Higher Education sector, either pursuing an academic career or in university administration, while others will use their specialist knowledge or generic skills gained from the PhD to have successful careers in other fields.

Employer Testimonial

"We have had massive success with graduates from Durham because they are of such a high calibre. So far this year we have more graduates from Durham at our assessment centres than any other university in the UK and we have made a number of offers to Durham graduates in the past few years"
Shona McKensie,
Graduate Recruitment Officer,
Co-operative Group Ltd.

Student Testimonial

"The biggest advantage to Durham is the collegiate nature of the University. It is really easy to meet people both in and outside your field, which is really important socially and academically."

Andrew Crossland, PhD student, 2012

Best Careers Service 2nd 2015

Durham University is ranked 2nd in the ‘Best Careers Service’ Category of the Student Crowd Award 2015