A history degree at a first-class university is an ideal training ground for any career that requires analytical skills, clarity of written and oral expression, imagination and empathy. Our graduates find a wide range of career paths open to them and consequently can be found in most industries in the UK and overseas. The most recent (2014) HESA DLHE statistics reveal that 94% of our BA graduates were in work or further study within six months of their graduation (compared to the UCL average of 91%). 82.2% of BA graduates were in graduate-level work or study, and 84.6% of our MA graduates. Meanwhile our PhD graduates achieved 0% unemployment, and furthermore, 100% of respondents were in graduate-level work or study.

"Six UCL History graduates started the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in 2014. These candidates have been accepted on one of Britain's most prestigious graduate schemes and possessed strong leadership, resilience and problem-solving skills. These qualities allowed the students to shine in our recruitment process. Applications from students and graduates of the UCL History department are strongly desired"

Teach First

An Alumnus's Perspective

Jaedan Edman

"Following on from my Ancient History degree, I joined the consulting arm of IBM, on a two-year graduate scheme. I consider the skills that I developed at UCL to have provided me with a solid foundation in terms of research and understanding complex models and ideas. Within the consulting practice at IBM I am often required to work on different projects at different clients, which in turn provides a good insight of how business at the corporate level can work whilst providing you with hands-on experience. I have still maintained my links with UCL and the History Department by joining IBM's UCL campus team which is involved in career fairs and CV and interview workshops."

Jaedan Edman, Alumnus, Ancient History BA

Selected Destinations

Job Title


Adoption Policy Adviser

Civil Service Fast Stream 


Goldman Sachs

Assistant Auctioneer


Graduate Recruitment Manager

Pareto Law

Graduate Trainee


Joint Forces Command Portfolio Officer

Ministry of Defence

Leadership Development Programme

Teach First

Parliamentary Researcher

UK Parliament

Research Analyst

Bank of America

Social Worker


Trainee Solicitor

Jones Day

Explore History Futures careers programme