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Almost 4 out of 10 students graduate from university with a social science degree.1

What do we mean by the term ‘social science’? In this report we take a broad view, but at root the social sciences are disciplines linked by their common ‘focus on the study of contemporary human societies, economies, organisations and cultures, and their development’.2 Where possible in this report, we include information for a wide-range of social science fields including: social studies (like politics, economics, sociology, and geography); business & administrative studies (like finance and accounting); architecture, building & planning (like urban planning); law; education; and psychology.3

UK social science graduates have good employment prospects.

After their undergraduate degrees, they go on to work in a wide range ...

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