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 and Ancient History
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 41 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 52.6%

Destinations

Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 66%
Self-employment/freelancing 2%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 17%
Taking time out to travel 2%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 10%
Doing something else 2%

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

Television programming and broadcasting activities

2

Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy

1

Defence activities

1

General secondary education

1
Other sectors (18 sectors) 18

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

  • British Army
  • Co-operative Group
  • Pensions Ombudsman
  • Grant Thornton
  • Teach First

Examples of occupations

  • Head of Marketing
  • News Reporter
  • Broadcast Assistant
  • Graduate Software Developer
  • Corporate Facilities Officer

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)

17%

Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)

33%

Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)

0%

Professional qualification

33%

Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

0%
Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 17%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 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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