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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 through our innovative employability modules, or through work experience.

We also offer the opportunity for you to gain invaluable experience and skills and put your knowledge into practice by transferring to a 4-year programme and doing a professional placement year as part of your degree.

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.


Doing a professional placement year will not only help you build your skillset and professional network but also increase your confidence in the workplace and allow you to explore your careers options before you graduate. During your placement year you can go global and previous students have gone as far afield as Australia, China, the US and Zambia. Currently we have two History students on year-long placements with the Treasury through this scheme.

Get the advantage and make the most of your time at university by graduating with a year's experience under your belt. Many of our placement year students receive job offers from their placement providers and return for their final year of study with a secured graduate position.

Professional Placement Year Training and Support

Our Placement Coordinators are here to help you every step of the way and you will receive one-to-one support and professional placement training to ensure that you are fully equipped to secure a top-quality placement. We will also support you whilst you are on your placement and ensure that you have a successful transition back to university life when you return for your final year.

Find out more about the professional placement year and meet some of our students, or contact the Placement Coordinator for the School of Humanities.


The professional placement year doesn't suit everyone, but we still want you to be able to access work experience opportunities during your time at university, as it increases your employability and allows you to explore your career options.

Dedicated advice and one-to-one support for non-credit bearing internships and work experience is available from our team of Careers Consultants in the Careers Service.

Our staff possess strong links with a variety of historical institutions, which you may be able to utilise to boost your employability and gain invaluable skills and knowledge in your chosen field.

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

research opportunities

An exciting opportunity to undertake a paid summer placement with staff in the Department of History, or in other departments across the University, 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

History student, Beth Snyder, presented at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Showcase and won in the Heritage and Creativity theme for her project "Climate Change Diplomacy: a Study of President Barack Obama's Rhetoric". She was supervised by Dr Mara Oliva, Lecturer in Modern American History, who also won the very first UROP Supervisor of the Year Award. Read more about Beth's experience of UROP.










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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