Career Outcomes for Sociology Degree Holders

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Dear London School of Economics,

This is an FOI request concerning employment data you may collect regarding your sociology / social sciences programmes' alumni.

Please provide (if available):

1. A complete list of all degree programmes you provide that fall within the discipline of sociology / social sciences. If this request is too vague, or if your institution does not classify degrees in this way, please instead provide a list of all degree programmes you provide that reference either "sociology" or "social science" in their titles.

2. A list breaking down the career outcomes for the last 3 graduating classes of each degree programme from request 1, specifically noting the positions and industries the students entered after graduating. Please separate this information according to whether they found employment in the United Kingdom, the United States, the People's Republic of China, or "other." For students who reported changing employment, please just refer to their 1st position, industry, and country of employment.

Regarding request 2 for a breakdown of career outcomes for each degree programme in request 1, please provide a complete (and anonymous) list of all students for each of the last 3 graduating classes (separated by country of employment), noting each individual's 1st position & industry. If this is not feasible, please instead provide statistics on the industries and positions the students entered (e.g. of the 100 students from our MSc Sociology who found employment in the United Kingdom, 20% entered the finance industry; 15% found positions as researchers).

Please provide all information in Excel, if possible.

Yours faithfully,

Edgar Wu

GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

Thank you for your email. As you will appreciate, information requests
place additional demands on the School in terms of costs and staff time.
At present we are having to prioritise our finite resources in order to
meet the unprecedented challenges we are facing during the Coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic.  As such, we need to advise you that while we will
continue to process individual requests, you may experience some delay in
our response during the current pandemic.


GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

Dear Edgar,

I apologise, but we are going to need until the end of June to respond to your request. As you will appreciate, our staff have been dealing with COVID-19, on-line examinations and the preparations for the return to campus and as such we will not be able to respond until then.

Best Wishes,


Dr Paul R. Duller
Data Protection Officer (Interim)
The London School of Economics and Political Science Houghton Street | London | WC2A 2AE

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GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

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Dear Edgar,
Further to your recent FoI request, the Schools response is provided in
the attached PDF file (see below).
Please note:

 1. the UK higher education sector previously collected post-graduation
activity data under the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education
(DLHE), which recorded what graduates were doing approximately six
month after graduation. The last year of this exercise was 2016/17.
The sector now draws on a new exercise known as Graduate Outcomes, the
first year of which relates to graduates who finished in 2017/18 and
captures information at around 15 months after graduation.  As such,
there is some variation in the consistency of our data over the period
in question.


 2. We have provided data/insights for the degree programmes that contain
either the term 'sociology' or 'social sciences'. The insights are
broken down by degree programme and country of employment for
graduates who reported working full-time.


 3. The School does not always maintain records of graduates going on to
work in particular parts of the world (for 2017/18, for example, we do
not have any records of graduates from these degree programmes working
in China).  Unfortunately, we cannot personally attributable data or
data that could be used to re-identify individual students as this is
exempt under Section 40 (4a) and as such individuals' job titles
cannot be provided.

If you think that the information provided does not meet your request,
contact Rachael Maguire on 020 7849 4622 or write to Louise Nadal, School
Secretary, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton
Street, London, WC2A 2AE. We will then review the response to your request
and get back to you within 20 working days. You can also contact the
Information Commissioner's Office [1], though they
expect the internal review to be carried out before receiving a complaint
The provision of information by the LSE under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 does not imply a right to copy, reproduce publish or otherwise
use such information.  Copying or reproducing such information in any way
either in whole or in part without prior written consent may be an
infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right belonging
to the LSE or a third party.
Best Wishes,
Dr Paul R. Duller
Data Protection Officer (Interim)
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street | London | WC2A 2AE

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