History Futures and Careers

'History Futures' is UCL History's support programme for students thinking about life after their undergraduate or postgraduate studies. It consists of a wide range of events and opportunities, including skills workshops, informational presentations, alumni panels, networking opportunities, themed weeks and careers fairs. 

We understand that our students have a wide range of needs and goals when it comes to life after UCL. Some students will already have identified a specific career that they wish to pursue and want to know how to prepare for it. Other students want to learn more about the possibilities available - and in practice, UCL History students go on to do an extraordinary variety of things following their degrees. You may also be contemplating further study or focussing on personal development. It is never too early to think about the skills that your History degree is helping you to develop and how these can help in your future careers.

Careers Tutor

You should contact your appropriate careers tutor with any questions, ideas, needs or problems relating to your future after UCL.

UCL Careers

Other events in the calendar are supported by UCL Careers, the professional, college-wide office for careers-related support. The office is staffed by experienced Careers Consultants who also offer one-on-one guidance sessions. Their website provides extensive online resources, including blog postings and job vacancies. You can stay informed of their latest updates by following them on Facebook or Twitter. Other offerings ongoing throughout the year include the Skills4Work programme and the Career Essentials programme of workshops and talks.

Graduate Destinations

Watch videos of our graduates talking about their exciting and diverse careers following their time at UCL History.

Summer Internships and Programmes

For some students, part of preparing for the future involves summer activities such as internships or employability programmes. UCL Careers actively source summer internship and graduate opportunities for UCL candidates and present shortlisted applications to employers. All you need to do is set your My UCL Careers account preferences to include your sector interests and the types of opportunities in which you are interested. Then you can search and apply for any of the jobs or internships in the 'UCL Managed Opportunities' tab of My UCL Careers.

UCL Innovation and Enterprise

UCL Innovation and Enterprise offer a range of courses, lectures, events, competitions and resources for those interested in business and entrepreneurship. Enhance your skills; turn your idea into a great business; find out about the highs, lows, success and failures of the entrepreneurial journey; or just use their free office space to host your start-up. Courses include Marketing and Branding, Entrepreneurial Finance, Sales Strategy, Pitching Skills, Business Plan Writing, Intro to Social Enterprise, Intro to Business Law, and DIY PR.

UCL Alumni Community and Mentoring

The UCL Alumni Online Community is an online network of UCL alumni, spanning a wide range of professions, who have volunteered to give informal advice to UCL students and graduates. If you are considering your options and want the inside track on sectors and roles, talking to one of these past UCL students could be useful in finding out more. You will be able to speak with them directly and ask questions to find out what they enjoy about their job, the challenges they have encountered and what advice they might have about getting into the sector.

UCLU Societies

The University College London Union hosts numerous student-run societies oriented towards specific sectors and potential future careers for UCL students. These societies organise a range of events and activities to help students develop skills and knowledge and move into careers in their areas, which include:


You can give as much or as little time as you can spare to many volunteering projects and learn new skills, meet people and make a real difference. 

The range of careers and further study that UCL History alumni pursue is wider than you might realise. What follows is an indicative list and, while not comprehensive, is based on the actual pathways of some recent alumni from our programmes.


  • Archivists and curators
  • Arts officers, producers and directors
  • Authors, writers and translators
  • Public relations professionals
  • Teaching and other educational professionals
  • Secondary education teaching professionals
  • Personal assistants and other secretaries
  • Business and related associate professionals
  • Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors
  • Library clerks and assistants
  • Officers of non-governmental organisations
  • Estate agents and auctioneers
  • Conservation professionals
  • Human resources and industrial relations officers
  • Finance and investment analysts and advisers
  • Artists
  • Programmers and software development professionals
  • Researchers
  • Senior professionals of educational establishments
  • Welfare and housing associate professionals
  • Actors, entertainers and presenters
  • Chartered and certified accountants
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Youth and community workers

    Further Study 

    • GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law)
    • MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    • MSc Management
    • Teach First: Postgraduate Certificate in Education
    • MSc Security Studies
    • MSc Social Anthropology
    • MSt in British and European history
    • MSt US History
    • PGCE General Primary
    • PGCE Primary Teaching (Science)
    • PGCE Secondary Teaching (English and History)
    • Primary PGCE (full-time specialist mathematics route)
    • MA Museum Studies
    • MA Newspaper Journalism
    • MA Post-Colonial Culture and Global Policy
    • MA War Studies
    • Masters in International Public Management
    • MBBS Medicine
    • MPhil American History
    • MPhil Assyriology
    • Msc Contemporary Chinese Studies
    • MSc International Public Policy
    • Dual Degree MA/MSc in International and Global History
    • MA Ancient History
    • MA British and European History from 1500
    • MA Digital Humanities
    • MA History
    • MA in Contemporary Ethics