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    Studying Classics opens the door to a variety of professions

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Over the past five years, an average of 93% of our graduates have been in work or further study within six months of graduating.*

The Classics is a discipline which uses critical thinking and analysis to understand the past. This provides the opportunity to develop a portfolio of transferable skills which have applications across the professional world. With diverse career destinations available, and employability modules built into your degree, we will help you to prepare for a fulfilling future.

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2012–13 – 2016–17.

"My degree opened up areas of interest and career ideas, such as Museum Education and Volunteer Management, which I had never even thought of."

Zoe Whitten

BA Ancient History graduate

Essential skills

A degree in the ancient world enables students to develop strong transferable skills such as critical thinking, adaptability, research skills, diligence, independence, and the ability to understand people and situations across different cultures. A recent CBI Education and Skills Surveys found that "employers focus above all on the attitudes and aptitudes that will enable graduates to be effective in the workplace", including teamwork, analysis, literacy and communication skills - all of which you will develop as part of your classics degree at Reading.

Employability modules

We offer a dedicated module 'Prospects for Classicists and Ancient Historians' which provides information on the discipline, helping 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 career plans. This module encourages students to focus on what career they might like to pursue, and to explore their options.

We also offer practical experience opportunities. The University can help you arrange placements through our Careers Advisory Service.

professional placement year

Our students have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement year in their penultimate year of study by transferring to a 4-year degree. A placement year will allow you to grow your skills, professional network and confidence, as well as explore your career options. Graduating with a year's worth of experience will help you stand out in a competitive graduate job market and you might even return from your placement year with a job offer from your placement provider.

Find out more about the professional placement year and meet some of our students.

Graduate destinations

Previous graduates have used their degree as a springboard for various and diverse employment sectors. Example of recent graduate destinations include:

National Museum of Wales

 Historic Royal Palaces
 Cotswold Archaeology  British School of Rome
 British Army  Taylor & Francis Group
 Christie's Auction House  Museum of London
 HSBC  London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
 Capita Conferences

 Kent County Council


 House of Commons

 World Rugby Museum  The Mary Rose Trust
 Costain PLC  CPS
 Ernst & Young

 Various schools

Boost your career prospects

Past students have entered a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers. Discover what doors your degree could open.

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