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    Apply skills to real-life contexts through our placement opportunities

Set yourself apart from others in the workplace

Explore a wealth of career options and prepare for the workplace with an intellectually rewarding placement, or through our employability modules.

Our students go on to successful careers in a wide range of professions, using skills developed during their time with us.

A foot in the door of prestigious workplaces

Many of our students opt to embed their learning and gain professional hands-on experience during their studies. Boost your employability and gain invaluable skills and knowledge in your chosen field with the help of our staff partnerships.

Our current staff partnerships include:

Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) Wellcome Trust
English Heritage Berkshire Record Office
Reading Museum Reading University's Special Collections
Reading Borough Libraries National Archives
Museum of English Rural Life National Trust
Parliament National Maritime Museum

Public History: bring history to life

Our innovative "Going Public" module offers students the opportunity to work on a project with an external body, such as a museum or heritage organisation, presenting history to the wider public. This experience enables students to develop valuable transferable skills such as teamwork, public engagement and presentation skills. Students have undertaken this rewarding module with many of our partnerships listed above.

“I have gained insight into the heritage industry that I just could not have had if I had not been behind the scenes. It has made me so much clearer on the path I want to pursue.”

Jessica Freeland, placement at English Heritage

BA History, and MRes Medieval Studies graduate

History Education: For prospective teachers

This popular module offers a two-week, history-focused placement in a local secondary school. Following a written application and interview, students are trained by experts from the University's Institute of Education before undertaking their school placement. Promising a wealth of experience and fantastic insight into the world of teaching, students who have taken this module have since been extremely successful in securing places on teacher training programmes, such as PGCE and School Direct.

“I had to plan, prepare and deliver my own lesson. I found the module beneficial in helping me decide on a possible career path and in applying for PGCE courses.

Joseff Rees, placement in a secondary school

BA History graduate

discovering Archives and Collections: For careers in research, archives and heritage

This ten-day placement in a participating institution allows students to explore a career in historical research, archive and heritage sectors. Emerge well-equipped to apply for postgraduate training in the field and with a wealth of transferable skills for a range of sectors. You can also opt to take museum studies modules, which allows you to think and research like a museum professional while gaining valuable hands-on experience.

research-based opportunities: For potential researchers

An exciting opportunity to undertake a paid summer placement with staff in the Department of History as part of our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP). Develop invaluable research skills and learn directly from an expert supervisor as you tackle a fascinating topic. This project is an excellent springboard for the third-year dissertation and for postgraduate research.

“Undoubtedly one of the highlights of my time at Reading. My experience of research, analysis, academic writing and exhibition has equipped me with the confidence and ability to continue my studies at postgraduate level."

Rosie Knight, placement with UROP

BA History and English Literature, and MA History graduate

​Gain practical experience to boost your career prospects

Learn valuable skills, expand your knowledge and explore a potential career during your degree.

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