School of Social Sciences

  • Work placements

    Oxford has so many opportunities for gaining work experience in museums, NGOs and local charities. Undergraduates have held paid or voluntary positions at the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Children’s Radio Foundation, and Oxfam. Students are even able to work on research projects run by members of staff. 

    About - Study Abroad - Pitt Rivers

    The world famous Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.


    In the ‘Anthropology in Action’ module you will learn about the wide range of careers open to anthropology graduates. Past students have gone on to careers in environmental maintenance, education, international development, urban planning, and often engage in postgraduate study. 

    About - Work Placements - Anthropology

    I went to Jordan to do archaeological fieldwork. It was an incredible experience and gave me a great insight into the practical side of anthropology and archaeology. It also provided a solid foundation for a lot of what I learnt later in my degree, and I wrote my dissertation on a site that I visited during the trip!

    Kizzy Ferguson, Anthropology graduate


    If you choose to take the Independent Study: Work and Community Related Learning module you will have the opportunity to develop an academic programme of study alongside work experience, community work or volunteering.

    Brookes Geography graduates have gone on to careers in cartography, environmental management, conservation, education, accountancy, and insurance. Many choose to go on to postgraduate study.  

    Anna McGovern

    One of the most valuable parts of my experience at Brookes has been the range of opportunities and ideas that I have been exposed to as a result of my involvement in the charity Asylum-Welcome. I started volunteering in my first year and over the past three years have provided support, motivation and advice to teenagers affected by the process of seeking asylum. I’ve met some incredible volunteers and young people whose stories, backgrounds and experiences have inspired and encouraged me to consider a career in the charity sector.

    Anna McGovern, Geography and Sport, Coaching and Physical Education, 2014 Read more about Anna’s experience »

    International Relations and Politics

    You can choose to take the Work Based Learning module, where you could take up a placement with an MP, local councillor, or a voluntary organisation.

    Oxford has one of the greatest proportions of 'knowledge intensive' employees of any English city, and boasts one of the highest numbers of NGOs outside London. You'll be in an excellent position to get work experience and develop your career whilst you're a student at Oxford Brookes. 

    Coming to Brookes turned out to be the best decision I could make, as they offered the course I wanted to study and I could gain a placement with my local MP and current Minister of Culture.

    Nathan Boyd, International Relations and Politics Read more about Nathan’s experience »


    Brookes Sociology graduates have gone on to careers in management, education, international development, recruitment, research, social work, and often engage in postgraduate study. 

    Holly Joscelyne

    The reason I wanted to come to university in the first place is because I have no idea what I want to do in the future. After working full time for a year after I finished my A-Levels I felt that I needed some time and inspiration to find my passion. I hope that doing a placement in my 3rd year will help me to find my path! The opportunity to do a placement could potentially set me up with a graduate job, which would obviously be fantastic, but even if it doesn’t, it will still give me essential experience for when I do graduate and begin looking for a job. In terms of finding a future career, the course also helps me in terms of discipline, time management, research skills and opportunities to work as part of a team. Skills such as these alongside making learning my own responsibility will always be relevant in whichever career path I decide to follow.

    Holly Joscelyne, Sociology and Business Management, 2017 Read more about Holly’s experience »