Career opportunities

  • Our graduates >>>
    Read the profiles of some of our graduates and get a flavour of the variety of avenues opened by studying studying classical subjects.
  • Destinations >>>
    Classics and Ancient History open a wide variety of career options. Discover the range of choices that our graduates have made.
  • Support for your further choices >>>
    Information about the individual support and advice that the Reading Careers Service offers our students.
  • Experience in the workplace >>>
    Take one of the many opportunities our students are offered for experience in the world beyond the campus, real workplace situations where they can apply their new.


Grdauation certificate key of opportunity

It has long been thought that anyone who studies Classics goes on to teach Classics. This not true, however. Our graduates have taken varied paths and their choices cover a wide range of possibilities.

Many graduates have remained at Reading or moved to other Universities to study for a Master's degree, and sometimes a PhD.

** An MA takes one year of further study, and gives you a strong specialised take on your subject. The skills you have acquired during your BA are multiplied and solidified, and this enhances your employability and your remuneration level.

** A PhD is highly specialised and opens the way to research in Classics or in a related area at a high level of expertise. It is hard work, but the chance to participate as a specialist and contributor to new knowledge is a thrilling prospect for many a budding Classicist.

Among the paths chosen by Classics and Ancient History graduates who want to make direct use of the knowledge gained during their degree are careers related to Museums, Heritage, Education, Tourism, Journalism, Publishing.

Others have reached out to different areas altogether, where they were able to make use of the strengths and skills acquired with their degree.

At the end of a classical degree you are able to

  • Express yourself clearly and concisely
  • Adapt to different levels of communication and kinds of interlocutors
  • Analyse situations and react accordingly
  • Locate, assemble, assess and process information quickly and efficiently
  • Have sufficient command of language to communicate clearly and with precision
  • Think critically, argue efficiently and deconstruct unsound arguments

And you have developed

  • A structured set of synthetic and analytical skills
  • A strong capacity to listen and to observe
  • A rounded sense of general knowledge and cultural understanding
  • A solid command of subtleties of the English language
  • An important ability to learn quickly and to invest time and effort in a task

Such skills are highly valued in both the public and private sectors, where the cultural knowledge and flexibility of Classics graduates allows them to be very successful because they are more innovative and original than many of their competitors.

Support for your future choices

Reading Classics offers various forms of support to its students to allow them to fulfil their potential.

If you want to continue with your studies after your first degree, the Department can offer you information and support to help you find and follow the path of your choice.

Within the Department, the dedicated module 'Prospects for Classicists' offers information on the discipline and its ramifications, and helps our students become more conscious of the skills they are acquiring, the competences they are developing and the individual learning strategies they can adopt in relation with their future plans.

Our Careers, Placement and Experience Centre offers personalised advice, workshops and a range of resources that help boost our students' employability and guide them through the search for a job or internship, the application process and interview.

Experience in the workplace

The Department runs a module allowing students to take a 5-day placement as part of their curriculum, with the aim of allowing you to try out your newly-acquired skills in the workplace. This is buttressed by support from the Department as well as from associated activities and drop-in sessions provided by the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre.

Reading is also one of the three UK universities that runs an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP), which provides exciting, paid opportunities for undergraduates to work with academic staff on research projects across the University, contributing directly to the creation of knowledge and strengthening the link between teaching and research.

Our students also have the opportunity to teach in schools in the area as volunteers. This allows them to test their knowledge in real teaching situations, which sharpens their understanding of their own subject, but also provides them with invaluable group management skills and the capacity to transmit specialised knowledge in a simple, accessible way.

The Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology, together with the University's other museums, provides plentiful work experience opportunities to students who aspire to a career in the museum or heritage sector.

We make every effort to support our students in any internship or other work experience they want to pursue, and can offer advice on a range of options open to you depending an your own, personal preferences and strengths.

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Contact us:

UG & PGT Programme enquiries:

+44 (0) 118 378 8420


Post Graduate Research enquiries:

Catherine O'Hare

+44 (0) 118 378 5799


Student Support:

Patrick Holmes

+44 (0) 118 378 5443


Karon Curran

+44 (0) 118 378 4243

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