Your future

Studying any of the courses offered in the Department of History will prepare you for a diverse range of rewarding and profitable careers across most sectors of the economy. Our graduates have gone on to excel in everything from academia to accounting and marketing to medicine. So, however you choose to use your degree, the combination of academic excellence and personal skills developed and demonstrated on your course will make you stand out in an increasingly competitive graduate world.


Skills for the future

During a History degree with us you will develop numerous skills that are sought by employers. These include critical reasoning, communication skills, the ability to work independently and to strict deadlines, to think and write coherently, to put specific matters in a broader context, and to summarise complex ideas in a discerning and creative way.

Opportunities within the department

Whilst studying History, you'll be able to take advantage of a range of career-enhancing opportunities and advice.

As well as taking advantage of the full run of activities organised by the Students Union and the Careers service, open to all university students, you'll be eligible for our specifically targeted at History students.

Careers with history Placements

The Careers Service

The University's Careers Service offers extensive help to all students and provides a wide-ranging programme of careers-related events each semester.

The good reputation enjoyed by the service means that an extensive network of employer contacts has been built up and many of the top companies come directly to the University of Sheffield when recruiting graduates.

The department also runs careers events where past graduates come back to talk about their careers and pass on their tips for successful job hunting.

Careers Service

So, what do our graduates do?

History may become the focal point of your career - for example if you are interested in teaching, academia or heritage work - or maybe you will use the range of skills and experience you gain during your degree to follow a different path. Our graduates have gone on to become successful lawyers, marketing executives, civil servants, accountants, management consultants, university lecturers, archivists, librarians and workers in museums, tourism and the heritage industry.

Want to see what some of our graduates have gone on to do in their own words? use the links below to see our graduate profiles.


Find out more:

Careers with history   Career areas  Graduate profiles  Graduate case studies 



*Please note that the course details set out here may change before you start, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the course start date. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.