Over 90% of our History and Theology students enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).
Studying History and Theology at the University of Birmingham will provide you with skills highly sought after by employers within the graduate job market.
- Understanding complex information
- Writing clearly and effectively
- A deep understanding of the past
- Strong communication skills
- The ability to research, analyse and interpret complex information
- Building a case to critically assess a particular point of view, strategy or course of action
- Respecting the views of others even if they disagree with you
- Generally thinking for yourself
- Managing your time and prioritising your workload
History and Theology graduates go on to pursue highly successful careers in professions such as:
- Management consultancy
- Local government
- Retail Management
- Library and Archive work
- Charity administration
- Social policy
Some graduates choose to progress to further study, not just in History and Theology, but also in Politics, International Development, Sociology and others.
You will also benefit from organised events whereby our graduates return to campus to talk to current students about their careers, how to find opportunities and the variety of roles available to historians and theologians. Many careers-orientated events are arranged in the department over the course of your time at Birmingham to enable you to gain skills so that you join the working world with confidence in your abilities.
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.