History and Cultures Professional Skills Modules

“This module provides the perfect opportunity to simultaneously develop and utilize some of the practical skills that prospective employers seek, such as leadership, teamwork, commercial awareness and organisation.” Jess, placement at Black Country Living Museum

The School of History and Cultures offers you the chance to complete a work placement during the second year of your undergraduate degree.

This allows practical application of your degree into real world situations!

Choosing to take a placement module will:

  • Add professional experience to your CV
  • Help you hone and develop transferrable skills
  • Increase your understanding and commercial awareness of a sector of employment
  • Develop your ability to understand and reflect on your skills, essential for applying for graduate jobs

“I have been interested in working in the heritage industry for some time and it now seems more realistic than idealistic.” Maeve, placement at Voices for War and Peace

 “I would really recommend (this) module to anyone who wants to improve their employability, do something different with their degree and experience some really engaging work placements with transformative results.” Tom, placement at Birmingham Museums Trust

What’s involved?

You will complete 100-120 hours with an organisation where you will be given real projects to work on. You will be based at the organisation for one day a week during the autumn and spring terms, fitting it around your other academic commitments.

The modules are academically assessed through reflective essays and presentations.

What have previous students done?

Previous placements have included opportunities at the National Trust, Birmingham Museums Trust, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and a range of voluntary sector and social enterprise organisations.

We build links across the West Midlands heritage and voluntary sectors and develop bespoke placements which are tailored to our professional skills modules.

You can read about the experiences of some of our previous students:

Additional developmental workshops are also available for students taking these modules.

Please note: currently placement modules are open to students in the departments of History and Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology. Space on these modules can be limited and may involve an application process.