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Career prospects for graduates

As a graduate of our distance learning programmes, you will be well prepared for a career in government ministries, the public sector, NGOs and consultancies, as well as development projects, charitable trusts, social enterprises, and bodies concerned with environmental policy and poverty. You will also acquire the requisite skills for roles in higher education and research institutions.

A global network

Our alumni work in 160 countries. SOAS distance learning students and alumni are employed in a wide range of sectors across finance, government, industry and international organisations, including:

The Governments of

Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, USA and Zambia.

Sub-national governments
  • Federal Ministry of Finance, Ghana
  • Fukushima Prefecture
  • Lagos State Government
  • National Treasury of South Africa
  • Office of the Attorney General, Bahamas
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
40 United Nations agencies and European Union organisations including
  • Council of the European Union
  • European Commission
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • UNICEF
  • United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • United Nations Development Group
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Intergovernmental agencies
  • European Commission
  • International Finance Corporation
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • International Labour Organisation
  • World Health Organisation
Charities and NGOs
  • ActionAid
  • CARE International
  • Concern Worldwide
  • Farm Africa
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • Habitat for Humanity International
  • International Crisis Group
  • International Federation of the Red Cross
  • Oxfam International
  • Plan International
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Save the Children International
  • Tearfund
  • WaterAid
  • World Vision International
25 central banks and financial organisations including
  • African Development Bank
  • AIG
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Banco de Mozambique
  • Bank of Canada
  • Bank of Japan
  • Citigroup
  • European Central Bank
  • IMF
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • JP Morgan
  • National Bank of Abu Dhabi
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rand Merchant Bank
  • Reserve Bank of Vanuatu
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization
65 energy, mining and manufacturing companies including
  • BP
  • Ford Motor Company
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • Mitsui and Co
  • Proctor and Gamble
35 media and telecoms companies including
  • BBC World Service
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Verizon
  • Vodafone