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Careers & employability

Whatever career path you decide to follow, you will be able to move on with a wealth of skills and a real competitive edge. Where you choose to study is of key significance for your future career options.

A careers fair at the University of Southampton
Postgraduate careers

Whether you want to pursue an academic career or follow a path in business or other sectors, undertaking postgraduate education that develops your personal and professional skills will give you the edge.

Research conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, for their Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, showed that six months after graduating, average postgraduate salaries were £5,500 to £7,500 higher than for those with a first degree alone. Postgraduate study at the University of Southampton will enable you to push the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen field and make a real contribution to your subject. 

Whatever your situation, the Career and Employability Service offers a wide range of services and support for postgraduate students. Visit the Careers and Employability Service website for more details.

Economics graduates are highly valued by employers, who have commended the strength and relevance of our programmes. Many of our students go on to excellent careers in the public and private sector, as well as to further studies at top universities.

A diploma or MSc in economics can be an immediate door-opener to many areas of work, and you will have a broad range of career choices and opportunities.

Our graduates work in:

A number of Southampton economics graduates proceed to further study and then to lectureships and professorships in universities in the UK and overseas.

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