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As you can see, Classical Studies, Ancient History and Philosophy students are very employable, 81 per cent of  graduates in 2010 are either in work, further study or a combination of the two. 


 This data is collected every year by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to show what HE students do six months after graduation.

Careers with a Classical Studies, Ancient History and/or Philosophy Degree:

  • Analyst
  • Armed Forces: NCOs and Other ranks
  • Archivist
  • Building Surveyor
  • Business Professional
  • Chartered & Certified Accountant
  • Curator
  • Educational Assistants (HE, FE Tutors and Language Assistants)
  • Employment Agency Consultant
  • Editor
  • Finance Manager & Director
  • Fire Service Officer
  • Investment Adviser
  • Librarian
  • Local Government Clerical Officers & Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant and Advertising Clerk
  • Police Officer
  • Researcher (Media)
  • Retail & Wholesale Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Solicitors'  Assistant & Court Officer
  • Web Developer & Producer

You can find out more about what Classical Studies graduates do from across the University of London.

Graduates from the Department, whether on Single or Joint Honours degree programmes, have much to offer potential employers, including a range of specific, practical, intellectual, theoretical and transferable skills.

It’s particularly important to identify what you have to offer employers, as a recent survey found that more and more employers are looking at ‘employability skills’ when selecting graduate employees.

As all the degrees taken in the Department comprise a combination of subject areas, graduates gain valuable experience and skills in a range of disciplines, which makes them especially versatile and attractive to employers.

Skills acquired from your degree course areas:

General Skills (especially showcased in projects & dissertations)

  • Coherent and clear communication of views, both oral and written
  • Individual and team work skills, e.g. task delegation, presentation
  • Ability to digest, analyse and summarise content and interpretive views
  • Critical awareness of strengths/weaknesses in arguments
  • Time management: organising study, meeting deadlines
  • Independent research skills, using a wide range of contemporary media
  • Growth in self-confidence
  • Pride in presentations, both oral and written
  • Ability to tackle and solve problems

Ancient History

  • Awareness of the importance of change & development: different political institutions and the economy (trade, labour force, revenue, expansion).
  • Study of international relations, diplomacy, power politics.
  • Social historical awareness of ‘muted groups’, e.g. women, elderly, children, ‘foreigners’, slaves.
  • Comparative use of range of different media: literary, statistical, material, visual.
  • Understanding of problems of bias, selectivity, conventions.
  • Study of conflict causes and resolutions.
  • Appreciation of different ‘leadership styles’ and organisational structures (military, political, trade): strengths & weaknesses.
  • Understanding of the changing and different roles of e.g. religion in society.

Greek & Roman Literature

  • Ability to recognise and deploy means of persuasion: rhetoric, style, structure, devices
  • Understanding of bias, selectivity, conventions
  • Ability to select appropriate communication styles for audience, reader or market
  • Appreciation of ‘the dramatic’ and how to use it
  • Sensitivity to the evolution of literary forms, particularly in their wider social contexts (e.g. ‘reception’)
  • The different cultural roles of myth

Greek & Latin Language

  • Active awareness of detail, for accuracy and clarity of expression
  • Significant increase in both active and passive vocabulary
  • Understanding of the evolution of languages in social contexts
  • Ability to offer a variety of interpretations: translating both words and ideas
  • Active skills in use of mechanisms of language: register, idiom, metaphor, linguistic conventions, ‘house style’

Greek & Roman Archaeology

  • Understanding of the importance and roles of visual cultures and ideologies
  • Awareness of the relation of space to function: religious, domestic, political, commercial
  • Appreciation of the problems in handling and mishandling material evidence
  • Ability to collate and present statistical data successfully


  • Ability to challenge and interpret a variety of theoretical issues and approaches
  • Independent thinking in the context of others, responding, debating
  • Ability to construct coherent, logical arguments
  • Awareness of the historical and social development of thought, leading to theoretical innovation

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Not everyone wants to continue their academic interests into the workplace. You may feel you need help in deciding what to do next.


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