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Data on Careers for STS graduates

STS follows our students after graduation, and we have a good idea of their career development. We have a strong track record of success with employability. Recent statistics agree.

What can you do with this degree?

STS follows our students after graduation, and we have a good idea of their career development. With more than twenty years of graduates to follow, we think we have a strong track record of success, and recent statistics agree.

STS BSc graduate level stats  2016-17

Average
Graduate-Level Work, Post-Graduate Study or Both 86.2% 
In Graduate-Level Work 84% 
Median Salary
Doctorate
Master's taught
Undergraduate
 
£34,000
£23,000
£25,000

Source: UCL's DLHE destinations statistics 2016-17 provided by UCL Careers Service

Surprisingly, this median salary for STS graduates is higher than the median salary for the chemists, physicists, mathematicians, statisticians, and earth scientists all taken together in our faculty (£28,000, with 91% in work, study, or both).

We're proud of our graduates and our track record helping them along. LinkedIn.com has an alumni feature, where people who identify their university degree also identify what they’ve done since. This provides excellent independent data on career profiles. 

Please read this data with a critical eye. The search phrases are ambiguous and catch a fair number of "false positives” (i.e., people who are associated with us accidentally by the search engine).

Employment and Jobs after University

The majority of STS graduates choose the world of work after their degree. They can be found in almost every sector of the economy; however, jobs taken up by our graduates over the past four years generally fall into one of four categories:

  • management, business, and finance
  • journalism, public relations, and marketing
  • museums and archives
  • civil service and professional services

This is based on data received from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, which is a national survey of all universities undertaken by HESA.

Job titles for STS graduates 2016-17

Technology Consultant

Team Manager

Stage Doorkeeper

Secretary

Secondary School Teacher (History and English)

Sales and marketing support

Research Assistant

Project Manager

Project management

Project Coordinator

Patient Records Administrator

Partnerships Manager

Operations intern

Network support

HIV support worker

Front of house waitress

Freelance Consultant

Business and Technology Consultant

Assistant Professor

Assistant Account Executive

Account Executive

Academic Journal Editor

(from 2016-2017 DLHE surveys)

Employers of STS graduates

University College London (UCL)

90TEN

Accenture

Anthony Nolan

CMA Surveyors Loss Adjusters Ltd

DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

Freelance Consultant

GlaxoSmithKline

Grayce

Green King

Herts Aid

International Boarding School Salem

Kalgera

Languagewire

Master of Malt

Real Science Communications

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sciterion

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Synergy Healthcare Research

The Family Surgery

Villoid

Vision 2020

Womens Engineering Society

(from 2016-2017 DLHE surveys)

Industry Sectors

Academic Research and HE

Health and Social Care

PR, Advertising, Marketing

IT, Technology & Telecomms

Manufacturing

Professional Services

Teaching or other educational activities

Accountancy & Financial Services

Consultancy

Engineering

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism

Human Resources and Recruitment

Other

Social or Market Research

(from 2016-2017 DLHE surveys)

Source: UCL's DLHE destinations statistics 2016-17

provided by UCL Careers Service

More university: Postgraduate Degrees

Increasingly, our graduates decide on postgraduate study, such as a taught Master's degree. A few decide to continue in academic fields associated with History of Science, Philosophy of Science, and Sociology of Science. The majority choose postgradaute studies that provide accelerated professional training and qualification.

This is consistent with national trends. The UK Office for Students reported survey results in 2018 that saw “a clear upward trend in the percentage of students who intend to undertake postgraduate study”.  The professional job market today is such that postgraduate degrees increasingly are expected as a baseline.

Many STS graduates choose postgraduate studies, such as a Masters, after their undergraduate degree. This is consistent with national trends, which are experiencing “a clear upward trend in the percentage of students who intend to undertake postgraduate study” according to UK Office for Students.

Many STS graduates choose postgraduate studies, such as a Masters, after their undergraduate degree. This is consistent with national trends, which are experiencing “a clear upward trend in the percentage of students who intend to undertake postgraduate study” according to UK Office for Students.

Postgraduate Programmes chosen by STS graduates

International Development Masters

Medical Scientist Training Program MD/PhD

MSc Science, Technology and Society

PhD Fashion and Knowledge (1600-1800)

PhD History of Medicine

Science Communication

MSc Computer Science

MA Comparative Literature

MSc Global Governance and Ethics

MSc History and Philosophy of Science

MSc Medical Humanities

Philosophy Masters

(from 2012-2016 DLHE surveys)

Taking the Long View: Careers over Jobs

In the much wider frame, UK Department of Education publishes long term data on employment and earnings. It gives information about earnings five-ish years after graduation from a first degree. Their latest report was published in June 2017. (link) In that data, Our degrees count as “Social Sciences” and “Historical and Philosophical Studies”. (Reading this data, the standard deviation bars are important. That’s 2/rds of the data. The report also gives data on “sustained” employment.)