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What can an MA in History do for my career?

Whether you are looking to continue to a PhD degree or want to gain professional development to help you with your future career, our MA degrees can help you to fulfill your goals and, at the same time, help you to further develop a valuable set of transferable skills.


Skills for the future

Our world-class, research-led teaching and range of modules that focus on developing your skills in research and public history will stand you in good stead for any number of career paths.

You will develop your skills in historical research and your ability to analyse the information that you uncover, using these skills to work independently and under pressure of time to produce work that is critically reasoned, clearly argued and effectively presented.

Our public history modules are designed to help you gain more specific experience and skills. You will have the opportunity to be involved in group projects, making discoveries and producing assessed work as part of a team.

Our core module, Research Presentation, also gives you the opportunity to design and deliver a high-quality presentation at our MA Presentation Day, an academic conference-style event held in May each year.

Dedicated support for MA students

We have a dedicated Careers Liaison Officer who can help you think about your options. Each year they work with the University’s Careers Service to organise events including a talk specifically about career opportunities for history MA students and an evening with recent graduates talking about their careers and passing on tips for successful job hunting.

The Careers Service also offers extensive help through with a range of general and MA specific events such as employer presentations and Q&As; fairs and industry networking events; mock interviews; skills sessions and talks and workshops. Recent events include:

  • Employer presentations with Deloitte and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
  • 'Fast Track' exploring the job market for MA students
  • 'Join up your postgrad skills' with members of the skills development team
  • 'Your Masters...what's next?' career planning workshop for MA students
  • Careers Speed Networking
  • 'Developing your CV' an interactive workshop
  • 'How to succeed at interviews'
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Throwing HatsSo, what do our graduates do?

These kinds of skills are why our graduates are successful in both further study and a wide range of careers – from taking PhDs, lecturing and working in the museum and tourist industry to business management, marketing, law and working in the media.

So, whatever you choose to do with your MA degree, the academic and personal skills you develop with us will make you stand out in an increasingly competitive graduate world.

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.


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