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Social and humanities scientists study and analyse human behaviour and the origin, structure and characteristics of language; undertake research in areas such as sociology, economics, politics, archaeology, history, philosophy, literature, the arts; organise the collection of qualitative and quantitative information, and perform subsequent analyses.


  • Studies society and the manner in which people behave and impact upon the world
  • Undertakes research across the humanities that furthers understanding of human culture and creativity
  • Traces the evolution of word and language forms, compares grammatical structures and analyses the relationships between ancient, parent and modern languages
  • Identifies, compiles and analyses economic, demographic, legal, political, social and other data to address research objectives
  • Administers questionnaires, carries out interviews, organises focus groups and implements other social research tools
  • Undertakes analyses of data, presents results of research to sponsors, the media and other interested organisations
  • Addresses conferences and publishes articles detailing the methodology and results of research undertaken.

Entry Requirements

Entry is most common with a degree or equivalent qualification but is possible with other academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Postgraduate qualifications may be required for some jobs.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £32,000 per annum and can progress up to £39,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 1,465 employed Social & Humanities Scientists in the region.

Current Vacancies

Destinations of Completers July 2018

55% of students went on to other Further Education at York College

13% of students went on to other Higher Education

9% of students went on to employment

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