Careers and employability

School of History

A history degree from the University of Leeds is a route into a wide range of careers and opportunities.

We offer you:

  • Opportunities to develop attractive transferable skills within your course
  • Ways to enhance your employability by getting involved in the activities of the School of History, University of Leeds, and the local community
  • Support with your career development from your personal tutor and our award-winning Careers Centre
  • Leeds for Life, a scheme to help you make the most of your time at university and to identify volunteering and other co-curricular opportunities

Career paths and further study

Each year, around 20% of our students continue to further study after completing their history degree. Our graduates often choose to undertake a GDL law conversion course, a PGCE in preparation for a career in teaching, or an MA in history or heritage.

Our history graduates go on to work in a very wide range of different occupations, including:

  • Marketing, advertising and recruitment
  • Business, finance, accountancy, insurance
  • Law
  • Teaching and education
  • Media, journalism, and the creative industries
  • Heritage, museums and the arts
  • Charity fundraising and social work
  • Civil service and armed forces
  • Event management

Our history graduates are highly sought after by employers due to their excellent oral and written communication skills, analytical capabilities, research proficiency, and ability to work independently.

Supporting your development

We offer a range of opportunities within your course, the School of History and the university:

  • You’ll develop specific transferable skills with each history module that you study; these skills are recorded on your Leeds for Life personal record.
  • If you’re thinking about a career in teaching, you can opt to study our History Students into Schools module, which integrates a teaching placement in a local school as part of a course that reflects on teaching techniques and the communication of history to different audiences.
  • You can choose to study a new language, or continue one you’ve studied previously with your discovery modules. You can also study a language independently using the resources in our Language Zone.
  • You can enhance your employability by studying discovery modules which develop your Personal and Professional Development.
  • Each year we offer more than ten paid internships in the School of History which are focused on developing valuable skills and experience. Interns receive training and hold their role for a year.
  • Our interns run specific career groups, help to organise student induction and our peer mentoring programme, work in student recruitment, and manage the History Student Times.
  • Our annual Careers Expo showcases all the careers that are available to you and attracts some of the largest graduate employers in the UK. The day features workshops, advice surgeries and alumni and expert panels.