SOAS University of London

Department of History

Graduate Destinations

How does a degree in History help with my career?

With specialised knowledge in the history and broad cultural sensibilities of a region SOAS History graduates have found employment in a variety of sectors. As a history graduate you are likely to have developed valuable transferable skills, which include familiarity with methods of research; the competence to manage large quantities of information; the ability to select and organise information and analytical skills.

A degree in History can also improve your career progression and increase your chances of getting a higher paying graduate job. It is an invaluable experience that provides you with a body of work you can use to market yourself once you graduate.

Who do graduates work for?

SOAS History graduateshave gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in both business and public sectors, such as finance, marketing and public relations consultancies, educational and cultural organisations, charities and not for profit employers, publishing and media firms, national governments and academia.

Destination of 2015 graduates (Undergraduates)

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for undergraduate students this is in January) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. We find out this data in the summer, so here is the latest information from the 59 known destinations of the 2015 UK, EU and International graduates of single and joint honours studies within the department.

Example employers
ARM Middle East Consultancy Services
Blackstock PR Oxford Policy Management
Bonhams Research Europe Ltd
HSBC Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB)
International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS) Shed Productions Limited


Example occupations
Account Executive International Account Manager
Copywriter Production Editor 
Events Co-Ordinator Public Relations (PR) and Policy Manager 
Freelance TV Researcher Research Intern
Graduate Trainee Banking Sixth Form Teaching Assistant


Destination of 2014 graduates (Postgraduates)

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for postgraduate students this is in April) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. This data is added to the Undergraduate survey the following January and we receive the data in the summer (i.e. approximately 18 months after graduation). Here is the latest information from the 27 known destinations of the 2014 UK, EU and International Postgraduate and research degrees within the Department.

Example employers
BBC Oxford Research Group
Civil Service (UK) SOAS, University of London
Natural History Museum Sotheby's
Open Learning Exchange (OLE) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Oriental Institute Yemen Times


Example occupations
Charity Fundraiser Assistant Grants Manager
Civil Service Fast Streamer Lecturer
Editor  Middle East Programme Assistant
Foreign Affairs Analyst Research Assistant
Freelance Researcher Senior Teaching Fellow


What do Graduates do?

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