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Classics and Ancient History

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Careers and employability

Study Classics and Ancient History at Manchester and you will open the door to a wide variety of careers.

What you'll take away from Manchester

Through our courses, you will develop transferable skills including 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.

What you could do after graduation

The University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers, according to High Fliers Research.

Recent graduates from our Classics and Ancient History courses have gone on to employment within the BBC, Google, UK government departments, museums, law firms, and a wide range of educational institutions.

Professions include:

  • archivist
  • curator
  • editorial assistant
  • teaching
  • heritage/museum administration
  • jobs in cultural tourism
  • management
  • media and marketing
  • law
  • finance
  • computing
  • insurance
  • social work.

What our graduates are doing now

You can read profiles of some of our previous students to find out how their degree helped them to get to where they are now.

How we can help you into your perfect career

You will have various opportunities to gain professional and practical experience as part of your course.

Work placements

You can apply to spend a year gaining valuable workplace experience on a work placement as part of most undergraduate courses at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

Classics for All

Classics for All is a national charity scheme to introduce the study of Latin and Classics to primary and secondary school pupils. We are one of the partners in the Manchester scheme, which sees our students work alongside University staff to deliver sessions in schools.

"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

The initiative offers a great way for students who may be interested in teaching as a career to gain some related experience while inspiring younger generations to become interested in Latin and Classics.

Find out more on our Classics for All page and on the Manchester scheme website.

Other opportunities

You can join societies to connect with like-minded people and take part in a variety of activities related to your course, including the University of Manchester Classics Society, the Manchester Classical Association and the Students' Union's Classics and Ancient History Society, which provides networking opportunities and supports new students in their first year.

Visit the Societies page to find out more.

Go beyond your subject

Many employers seek graduates who have skills in multiple fields of expertise to demonstrate their adaptability and resourcefulness.

Our Flexible Honours option may allow you to study another subject within arts, languages and cultures as a minor in addition to your major within Classics and Ancient History.

Alternatively, you could study selected course units from other courses around the University through the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning.

University-wide careers and employability initiatives

You will be able to access a rich variety of volunteering opportunities that help students build transferable skills and form part of the University's Stellify initiative.

In addition, Manchester's Careers Service is a great starting point for discovering the wide range of opportunities and activities available across the University and beyond to help you develop your employability and transferable skills alongside your studies, including:

  • internships and other forms of work experience;
  • work experience bursaries;
  • part-time, casual and holiday work;
  • overseas opportunities, for example, our Global Graduates scheme;
  • networking events, talks and workshops;
  • mentoring.

Students and new graduates have access to a full range of in-person and online help, including careers guidance and CV and applications support.