Careers and Employability

With a degree in Classics and Ancient History you gain a unique perspective on the challenges we face today. Our courses prepare you to move on with the skills, confidence, and capability needed for a rewarding career.

Our degree programme has been designed with the University Careers Service to ensure that our courses give you the skills and the experience you need. Whether you are honing your analytical skills in your essays and dissertation or gaining project management skills in our unique ‘Applied Classics’ unit, our degree programs will give you the skills to succeed. 

The study of Classics and Ancient History is interdisciplinary, meaning that you are trained to see how we can use all kinds of sources together to understand the ancient world. As a Classics graduate, you can show employers that you can bring together people and ideas, working reflectively and flexibly to tackle the challenges at hand. 

The value of our degree is reflected in the wide array of jobs our students go on to achieve. Whether you want to work in law, banking, creative industries, marketing, heritage management, or management consultancy, the transferable skills you learn with us will allow you to develop your professional career however you choose. 

How you can develop your skills

Our Careers Service offers a host of events and opportunities available for both students and recent graduates, so that we can support you beyond your degree. You can join the live chat open every weekday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, get support writing your CV, covering letters and applications, and you can attend our careers fair to explore your career options and meet employers. 

Bristol Futures gives you an opportunity to fulfil your potential by tackling some of the biggest challenges we face in innovation and enterprise, global citizenship, and sustainable futures. You can pursue open online courses working collaboratively with learners from all over the world as well as engagement opportunities to broaden your personal and academic horizons. 

With the Bristol Futures initiative you can: 

  • enhance your experience 
  • develop core academic skills and 
  • develop key personal attributes 

The Bristol PLUS Award gives you credit for all types of extracurricular opportunities. Endorsed and valued by employers, the Bristol PLUS Award helps you articulate your achievements and skills and stand out from the crowd. 

As a student at Bristol, you have lots of opportunities available to you. Whether you are looking for graduate-level jobs, paid internships, or work that fits around your studies, the Careers Service can help. Current students can find out more about these roles on mycareer, a space where all these opportunities are advertised. 


The number 3 on a blue/aqua background Bristol graduates are third most targeted by top employers (Graduate Market, 2022)

Global Bristol Community

All our University of Bristol alumni members are part of the global Bristol community for life. You'll have access to: 

  • Bristol Connects - our online platform to connect with alumni across the world 
  • Alumni benefits - use of University facilities and access to exclusive discounts 
  • Connect with your community - join alumni networks and stay in touch 

Continued Career Support

Even after you graduate from the University of Bristol, we continue to support you to reach your career potential. Our Careers Service provides internship, placements, work experience opportunities and advice on landing your dream career. 

Further information

Find out more about Classics and Ancient History graduates on our Careers Service web pages

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