Careers and employability

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A Masters course can help you to stand out in today’s competitive job market.

Our strong links with local and UK art industry, museums, galleries will provide you with opportunities to develop industry contacts during your course. This, along with the skills you will develop, will help you on your career path.

Leeds graduates have an excellent reputation within industry and Leeds is one of the top 10 most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters (The Graduate Market in 2023).

Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of fields, including:

  • art conservation
  • museum and art gallery curators
  • education
  • academia
  • arts therapy
  • arts management and administration
  • advertising, marketing and public relations
  • entrepreneurship, business start-ups
  • freelance artist

Careers guidance

We will provide you with a range of support and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

Our award winning Careers Centre offers a range of services including careers guidance, modules, information on work experience, jobs and volunteering, as well as careers fairs and events.

If you have a business idea, or would like to develop your entrepreneurial skills the University’s business start-up, Spark provides opportunities and guidance.

Work placements

In order to gain first-hand experience of contemporary museum and gallery practice you can choose to undertake a work placement with one of our many art gallery, museum or heritage partners.

Optional work placements are available as part of the course on:

Leeds Network

The Leeds Network provides exclusive access to detailed Leeds alumni career profiles and networking opportunities to Leeds graduates. You can ask questions to alumni who are working in a diverse range of careers and organisations to gain first-hand accounts of career progression, realistic advice about breaking into a profession or insightful tips for career advancement.

Start-ups and social enterprises

The University provides expert support and guidance for start-ups and social enterprises.