Our unique degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development – a balance that is highly sought after by employers in today’s competitive graduate market.
Studying Classics involves analysing the ancient world in a political, social, and cultural context. This develops skills in research and analysis of complex information, working independently and as part of a team, and articulate communication of judgments and arguments. You will also have the opportunity to carry out self-directed project work, which improves self-management, organisation and research skills. The study of Latin and Greek develops analytical and verbal reasoning skills, as well as discipline and application, and it supports the use of a rich and varied vocabulary.
Our Classical Literature and Civilisation graduates have excellent employment prospects with 95% of graduates entering work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).
You will be in high demand and well placed to forge a rewarding career in a variety of areas, including:
- Local government
- Museums and charities
- Cultural and heritage organisations
Therefore studying Classical Literature and Civilisation at the University of Birmingham opens doors to a wide range of careers. Some graduates will go onto undertake further study and research in pursuit of higher degrees.
Developing your career
There is a range of opportunities through our
Careers Network and beyond. For example, our innovative
Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six-month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market.
Current partners include Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, and the Library of Birmingham. There are also internships available at the University’s own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
There are regular events each year covering careers in teaching, events management, working with charities and more, to help you meet potential employers and learn more about a range of sectors.
There are also summer internship opportunities and work experience bursaries, which allow you to apply for funding to support you during any unpaid internships. You may also want to apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement through our
Global Challenge Internship Programme.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you may want to engage in extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and your network of contacts.
Our College of Arts and Law Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project run by one of our researchers in drama and theatre. You gain work experience over the summer after your first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
There are also a huge number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the
Guild of Students, our students’ union, which cover a wide variety of interests across drama and the arts.
With more than 300 societies and groups at The Guild, there is something for everyone.If your interest does not yet have a group, then The Guild will support you to set it up and find likeminded individuals to join you.