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‘The social sciences offer equal promise for improving human welfare; our lives can be greatly improved through a deeper understanding of individual and collective behaviour.’ 

Nicholas A. Christakis, Sociologist & Physician

Whether you’re at the start of your career journey or looking for a career change, social science roles are a great way to become involved in a career that uses scientific methods to study various aspects of human behaviour. 

Did you know?

Consumer psychology plays a vital role in food product innovation. Understanding consumer needs when designing food products is key, especially with increasing health awareness. The consumer product experience in terms of aesthetics and emotional responses can also influence food product design.

Is a degree in psychology/sociology your starting point? 

A psychology or sociology degree is a great starting point for a career in the field of social science. After completion of the course, it is advised that you gain some experience or highlight the following skills in your job applications: 

  • An understanding of human behaviour and motivation will help your understanding of consumer behaviour
  • Relationship-building and effective communication
  • Evaluating information and using it to form attitudes and make decisions
  • Written and verbal communication, including report writing and presenting
  • Analytical research and problem solving
  • Project management

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