Classics and Ancient History Careers


A degree in Classics and Ancient History will provide you with skills which are highly valuable to employers across many sectors.  You will develop an advanced knowledge of other cultures, learning how to think logically and independently, to interpret and critique sources, to assess evaluate information and to communicate in a sophisticated way.

Six months after graduating, 91.9%* of our Classics and Ancient History students are employed or in further study. As a Classics and Ancient History graduate, you will have an array of different industries open to you, such as museum and heritage work, education, journalism, business, and law. Our recent graduates have since secured a variety of positions, such as:

  • Editorial Assistant (Publishing)
  • Educator
  • Marketing Executive
  • PR Assistant
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Officer Cadet

Further Study

A degree in Classics and Ancient History will put you in an excellent position to pursue postgraduate study after you have graduated. Our recent graduates have since enrolled on courses such as:

  • MA History
  • MA International Relations
  • MSc Bioarchaeology
  • MSc International Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Msc Library and Information Studies

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you. 

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of Classics and Ancient History. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Professional Experience

The Classics and Ancient History degree here at the University of Exeter will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career.

Humanities in the Workplace

Completing a work placement is great way to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market, and will help you to develop an understanding of how the skills gained from a Humanities degree are applicable in the workplace. Our College-wide module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all students in the College and offers the chance for students to complete a minimum of 40 hours work experience in a broad range of sectors. 


Voluntary work demonstrates to employers that you are socially aware and proactive, and that you have developed key employability skills such as communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The University of Exeter works with many partner organisations who recruit our students for voluntary positions on a yearly basis. Students have previously gained experience with the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall; Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exeter Cathedral, Truro Cathedral, Exmoor Society Archives and Exeter City Football Club Archives. Many students also undertake local community work through the Guild’s ESV (Exeter Student Volunteering) programme.

Isca Latina

The Isca Latina workshops were created recently to offer school pupils the chance to learn Latin. The project presented a great opportunity for our students in Classics and Ancient History to get some experience teaching Latin in a professional, state school setting. 

Student Societies

The Students’ Guild offers a great range of student-run societies. Whether you would like to take part in a debate through your subject’s academic society, become the president of a society, or organise a student-led event, the societies offer many opportunities to develop your skills and be a part of something, giving you fantastic additions to your CV. You can click here to see a full list of current societies at the Guild.


Every year the Humanities employability team organise a series of employability and alumni events which are tailored to the career aspirations of our students.

Alumni showcase: Classics and Ancient History

This event invites former Classics and Ancient History students back to campus in order to showcase to students the broad range of careers on offer to them. Most recently, alumni Felicity Boughton (BA Ancient History 2013) and Ivan Cross (BA Latin 1995) visited to speak about their experiences since graduating from Exeter. Felicity is now a Commissioning Assistant at Oxford University Press, whilst Ivan is now Head of Operational Marketing at Müller UK. Prof. Lynette Mitchell also gave advice on what it takes to be successful as an academic today.

Archaeology and Heritage Careers Fair

This day long careers event invites representatives from organisations such as Southwest Archaeology, AC Archaeology, the National Trust, and the Historic Environment Record to meet students and offer their advice for working in the sector. This event is a great opportunity to create a professional network of contacts in the sector. 

Careers in Journalism

This event aims to give students an insight into working in Journalism, and to the chance to understand what it takes to be successful as a Journalist today. Recent speakers have included former students Cyan Turan (BA English 2012) and Rob Edwards (BA History 2010). Cyan is now an Editorial Assistant and Junior Writer at the Sun’s supplement magazine Fabulous, whilst Rob is a Senior Editorial Assistant for the UK section of Russia Today (RT).

Our students and graduates

Next year I will be working as the Student's Guild’s Vice President of Education. I hope to give back to the University by trying to improve the education experience by representing the students through the University's Student's Guild. It's a real honour to be voted into that position and I'm really looking forward to the coming year.

Ben Street, BA Classics, Ancient History & Theology (2014)