Career prospects

How will a School of Modern Languages Master's degree be useful to me?

In an increasingly competitive environment, there are many good reasons for adding value to your undergraduate degree by continuing to study at Master's level. 

Will the MA help me to find a job?

This depends on what you want to do after your degree. If you wish to go into teaching, or further research, an MA is often a mandatory requirement. Recent studies show that a postgraduate qualification may accelerate career progression in a range of professions.  Employers value the transferable skills gained in postgraduate study. 

These include:

  • working independently
  • managing a research project
  • meeting deadlines
  • processing large amounts of raw data
  • working in teams
  • presentation skills
  • writing skills
  • language skills

You will be encouraged to develop these skills and many others through the University of Bristol's skills training programme. The University's Careers Service offers extensive training, support and guidance to all postgraduate students in preparing for a future career.

Above all, the experience of a year's intensive literary and critical study, with the support of world-renowned experts in the field, will undoubtedly be a rich and rewarding one, whatever it may lead to when you complete the course.

Catriona Gillham, Translation alumna

Catriona Gillham, PG alumna 2013

How have our alumni used modern languages degrees in their career? Find out in our community pages.