Choosing Modern History and Politics at Royal Holloway will equip you with exactly the skills and qualities that employers are looking for. Studying an intellectually demanding discipline will demonstrate to employers that you enjoy being challenged and are able to understand complex issues. As a historian, you will be well-informed, culturally-informed and alert, with strong skills in problem-solving, organisation and planning, research, critical and analytical skills and the ability to craft an argument. This course will also equip you with valuable specific knowledge on the workings of diverse political institutions, which places you well to develop a career in the public sector, as a parliamentary researcher, a civil servant or a journalist. You will also develop the transferable skills valued by employers: how to build an argument, construct a debate, communication and presentation skills, teamwork, time management and critical thinking.
Our recent graduates have very successfully entered a wide range of careers including working as curators (Imperial War Museum, Museum of London), in information management (British Museum), teaching, finance, law (a barrister in the Lord Chancellor's office), broadcasting (Director of the BBC), marketing/PR ,national defence (Royal Navy), or the performing arts. The Department works closely with the University’s careers service, which offers a range of tailor-made careers events, one-to-one careers advice sessions and skills workshops specifically for history students. For more information on what our students are doing now, please see the History Department’s website and the Politics and International Relations Department's website.