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Classics and Ancient History

Careers and employability

Ninety per cent of our BA Classical Studies graduates go on to a professional or managerial role within six months of graduating.

Did you know?

94% of University of Manchester graduates are working or studying after six months.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey - 2016

As a student of classics you’ll develop a range of transferable skills.  These include the ability to:

  • think logically and imaginatively,
  • communicate effectively,
  • interpret,
  • assess and evaluate information and data,
  • propose ideas and theories, 
  • lead and participate in discussions.

You'll also learn to work to deadlines and to demonstrate an understanding of different cultures and societies.

Career paths

Our recent graduates have entered a number of professional fields, including law, archaeology, medicine and education.

Recent graduates have gone on to careers within the BBC, Google, UK government departments, museums, law firms and a wide range of educational institutions.

The exemplary teaching, superb resources and outstanding support system offer the best possible advantage to achieving your potential and shaping your future.

Stephanie Oade / BA (Hons) Classics alumna

Further study

Many of our graduates have progressed into postgraduate degrees and distinguished academic careers.  Many have continued with their studies, in some cases to develop specialist skills or vocational training. 

In the past these have included PGCEs in Primary and Secondary Education, CPE Law Conversion courses and Postgraduate Certificates in Journalism.

Others have undertaken MA courses in a range of subjects, including Classics and Ancient History, Museum Studies, Politics and Architecture.

As with all degrees, you gain as much as you put in, but classics gives an extensive background in literature, law and politics (to name a few), as well as an intellectual edge in job interviews and debates.

Antonia Anness / BA (Hons) Classics & Ancient History alumna