History graduate destinations

History graduates enter an extremely varied range of careers, with their interpretative, analytical and written communication skills being highly valued by many employers. 

Data obtained from

  • History (BA)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 108 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 51.9%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 51%
Self-employment/freelancing 3%
Running my own business 1%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 4%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 3%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 18%
Taking time out to travel 4%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 11%
Doing something else 6%

Sector information

Some graduates will enter areas directly related to their degree subject. These include historical research, information management and teaching, where there is often the opportunity to use the specific knowledge gained from studying History. Graduates are also well placed to enter areas not directly related to their degree where the knowledge and understanding of history and historical development, as well as the plethora of skills developed on this course, are of considerable interest to employers and an asset for a range of other occupations. Many careers in fact do not require a specific degree, as around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates

Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy


Advertising agencies


Other social work activities without accommodation


Activities of other membership organizations

Other sectors (29 sectors) 37

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Arcadis LLP
  • Asos
  • Chaucer Syndicates Ltd
  • UK Government
  • Daily Telegraph

Examples of occupations

  • Consultant
  • Warfare Officer
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Bid Executive
  • Lettings Negotiator

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 11%
Other qualification 5%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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