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 122 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 58%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 52%
Self-employment/freelancing 3%
Running my own business 1%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 3%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 3%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 21%
Taking time out to travel 1%
Caring for someone 1%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 9%
Doing something else 7%

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

Advertising agencies 


Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy


Defence activities


General public administration activities

Other sectors (32 sectors) 46

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • EY
  • UK Government
  • Penguin Random House
  • Network Rail
  • The Institute of Physics

Examples of occupations

  • Account Executive
  • Researcher
  • Data Analysis and Insight Manager
  • Head of Marketing
  • Student Experience Manager

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 0%
Other qualification 15%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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