Careers and employability

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Classics and Ancient History degrees cover a huge number of different disciplines within the subjects themselves which means that you’ll develop transferable skills in a range of areas.

You’ll be a problem-solver and critical thinker who can analyse information, draw your own conclusions, and persuasively communicate your findings.

You’ll be able to build sound arguments, manage your time effectively, and conduct independent research.

Leeds graduates have an excellent reputation and Leeds is the 6th most targeted university in the UK by graduate recruiters (The Graduate Market in 2023).

What can I do with a classics and ancient history degree?

Our graduates have gone into varied careers including:

  • journalism
  • museums and heritage
  • teaching
  • accountancy and finance
  • administration 
  • PR and marketing
  • law
  • business
  • recruitment
  • the armed forces 
  • local government
  • academic research

Many also go onto postgraduate study in related disciplines, including our MA by Research (MAR) and PhD study.

What careers support will I have?

You’ll benefit from bespoke support and opportunities in the School and have access to the activities and expertise of the award-winning University Careers Centre.

School support

Workshops and events are organised for you by the School throughout the year and focus on networking, understanding the value of the skills learned in your course, hearing from alumni about their career experiences and hosting graduate recruiters who want to hire you.

We’ll also keep you informed of work and voluntary opportunities that you can fit around your studies.

University support

Our experts in the University’s Careers Centre will support you to make informed decisions about your career path, understand the opportunities available and the steps you need to take to pursue your choices. You’ll be encouraged to attend on-campus events including graduate recruitment fairs, employer networking and information sessions, and meetings with our alumni.  

Leeds University Union

The students' union provides career-related support through the part-time job hub, student societies and other activities throughout the year. Clubs and societies are a great way to get involved in lots of activities and explore your interests. They’re also a great way to develop your skills such as team working and leadership. For example, you could be a key player in an award-winning sports team, or become a committee member and chair society meetings, or you could even project manage a volunteering trip overseas. Leeds University Union is home to School Reps who are appointed by students to represent the views and be the voice of students in your School. 


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