Student Experience

Where can studies in social and political sciences lead you?

From developing a fresh perspective on climate change to making economics about people and not numbers, the world needs social and political science experts more than ever to tackle the pressing social, political and cultural challenges of our time.

Our graduates learn analytical and practical skills that lead them to pursue diverse careers in the public service and non-profit sector, international aid and development agencies including the United Nations, human rights, a range of non-governmental groups and businesses with a core interest in international trade, environmental advocacy, as well as in journalism and communications, consultancies and private sector management.

Below is a snapshot of the career paths of some of our most recent graduates; from entrepreneurs to climate change activists, to policy and trade advisors, and communications and community development officers, there's no limit to the opportunities that come from a social and politics sciences degree.

Want more? Take a look at the full list of the Government and International Relations, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Policy, Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Studies and International Security Studies Masters programs we offer.

Master of International Relations

2016 is a big year for Jayson Waters who is building a gym in Colombia to promote fitness and nutrition among children living in slum areas. He's also working with a German philanthropist to set up schools in regional areas of India, where people are forced to work in garment factories to make enough money to send their children to city schools.

Master of Political Economy

Felicity Wade runs the Labour Environment Action Network, and has played a key role in stopping Hinchinbrook from being overdeveloped, as well as helping Australia deliver its Kyoto Protocol. First and foremost she seems herself as an environmental activist, who has the skills and knowledge to affect real change.

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

Where can a career in peace-building take you? Simone O'Connor works for ChildFund, an international development organisation focused on reducing child poverty in developing countries. She helps disadvantaged kids build up their digital knowledge and experience so that they can connect with the world and bridge the knowledge gap.

Master of Public Policy

Meet Ben Parker, in 2013 he co-founded the Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce whose role is to promote trade and investment between the two nations. He spends half the year in Myanmar, overseeing the work and the positive benefits it brings to local business and people.

Master of Development Studies

Nicola Smart talks about the opportunities that have opened up for her through the University's dedicated Internship Program, and her interest in forging a career in development planning especially in helping rehabilitate child soldiers.

Social and Politics Sciences at USyd

What can you expect from the the social and political sciences? Here's a snapshot of the diversity of our disciplines, academics, students, and alumni who are all making an impact on the world today.