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  • Excel in your chosen career

    Enhance your options through master's study and build your network


A postgraduate qualification from the University of Reading will help you stand out from the crowd, broaden your career options and set you on an accelerated career path.

Whether you are studying with us before embarking on your career, or to switch careers, your postgraduate qualification will enable you to go further.

gain essential skills

Our postgraduate courses train you to think and express yourself clearly, to research and analyse data, and to engage thoughtfully and knowledgeably with the wider world. Studying history equips you with transferable skills which are highly sought-after by top employers across a range of fields.

"Studying at Reading has provided me with a variety of skills, such as the ability to think critically, to be able to assess and reach conclusions and to analyse situations. These transferable skills are desirable to many employers, and will hopefully help me to achieve the career of my dreams.”

Jenna Page

MA History

A recent CBI Education and Skills Survey 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 history degree at Reading.

To further enhance your employability, the University of Reading offers a Careers Advisory Service.

build a strong network of contacts

Our staff have partnerships with a variety of prestigious institutions, both locally and throughout the UK. We work closely with employers and partners across an extensive range of fields to provide students with a variety of professional placement opportunities.

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

graduate destinations

 We aim to give you a head start in your chosen field of work, and can help you to enter careers including education, archives, museums and heritage management.

Examples of recent graduate employers include:

Ministry of Defence Imperial War Museum
University of Oxford Thames Valley Police
NHS Parliament
Reading Abbey Reading Town Hall
West Berkshire Council University of the West of England
Civil Service Royal Berkshire Hospital


Boost your career prospects with a History postgraduate degree

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

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