Classics graduate destinations

Graduates of Classics and Ancient History traditionally enter a wide range of careers. It is well recognised that studying these subjects develops analytical skills, the ability to evaluate evidence and construct rigorous and persuasive arguments.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours (BA) courses in: Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History and Archaeology
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 56 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 72.7%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 53%
Part-time work 8%
Due to start work 6%
Full-time study 20%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 4%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 8%

Sector information

Careers in the Civil Service, publishing and education are consistently popular. Many of you will decide to use the skills and knowledge you have gained during your studies by working for organisations in the culture and heritage sector.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Education 5
Hospitality 3
Finance and insurance 3
Wholesale and retail 3
Publishing and printing 3
Other sectors (11 sectors) 13

Employers and occupations

Previous graduates now work as teachers, chartered accountants, marketing and advertising account executives, librarians, policy advisers in the civil service, archaeologists and journalists, to name but a few. Some graduates may choose to enter careers that do not require a specific degree, as around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Examples of employers

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Bundle Greenham
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Santander
  • Vodafone

Examples of occupations

  • Marketing Executive
  • Civil Service Graduate Employee
  • Finance Graduate Trainee
  • Management Consultant
  • Underwriter

Further study

Almost a quarter of Classics graduates enter further study in the first six months after graduation. Last year's graduates embarked on a wide range of programmes, including Classics (MLitt), Classics and Ancies History (MA) and Law (MA).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 0
Postgraduate taught degree 10
Postgraduate certificate 0
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 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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