One of the principal functions of the MA is to provide students with the requisite historical skills to undertake a doctoral (PhD) research in History. A postgraduate qualification like the MA in History is also an excellent stepping stone into an academic career or one within education at all levels.
MA History graduates also pursue careers in a range of areas. During your degree, alongside your academic knowledge, you will develop many transferable skills that employers are eager to acquire, such as data analysis, presentation, communication, independence, teamwork, negotiation, time management, etc. and their ability to hit the ground running. An MA identifies you to employers as an exceptional candidate.
These days, History postgraduates can be found pursuing careers in areas such as planning and policy, law, communications, media, journalism, publishing, public relations, advertising, marketing, management, archives, libraries and museums.
The University of Nottingham Careers and Employability Service offers a wide range of careers related activities and provide information about many major graduate employers. Students are strongly advised to participate in their activities and attend employers’ talks and training sessions offered.
Average starting salary and career progression
According to independent research, Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and over 2,000 employers approach the University every year with a view to recruiting our students. Consequently – and owing to our reputation for excellence – more than 94% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts enter employment, voluntary work or further study during the first six months after graduation**.
* The Graduate Market in 2013, 2014 and 2015, High Fliers Research.
** Data is taken from known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.
Career Prospects and Employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.