Liberal Arts graduate destinations

A Liberal Arts degree provides graduates with skills applicable to a broad range of careers, especially where their creative, analytical, problem-solving and research skills are highly valued.

Data obtained from

  • Single honours Liberal Arts courses (BA), inlcuding those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK

Responses were received from 15 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 52%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 27%
Self-employment/freelancing 0%
Running my own business 7%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 7%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 33%
Taking time out to travel 0%
Caring for someone 7%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 20%
Doing something else 0%

Employers and occupations

Examples of exmployers

  • The Hands Up Project
  • PwC
  • Community Therapeutic Services

Examples of occupations

  • Associate
  • Support Worker
  • Teacher

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 14%
Other qualification 28%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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