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We're ranked 9th Classics department in the UK for career prospects, with up to 90 per cent of our most recent graduates now working or in further study.                                                          (Complete University Guide 2015; KIS 2013, Ancient History graduates).


Examples of recent employers include Channel 4, SJ Berwin, The Guildhall (City of London), KPMG, the Natural History Museum, Customs and Immigration, London Advertising, Broadstone Pensions and Investments and the Armed Forces, and some of the roles in which they have gone on to work are listed right:

  • ability to communicate views clearly and coherently, both spoken and written
  • individual and team work skills
  • ability to digest, analyse and summarise content and interpretive views
  • critical awareness of strengths/weaknesses in arguments
  • time management
  • independent research skills, using a wide range of contemporary media
  • self-confidence
  • presentation skills both oral and written
  • problem-solving skills.

Our graduates, 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.

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

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.


Look at our graduate profiles for more detailed accounts of how gaining a Classics degree at Royal Holloway helped shape the future careers of some of our students.




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