A postgraduate qualification in history, classics or archaeology is not only a great way to advance your career in these subjects; it also equips you with high-calibre training and skills that can be used in many other fields.
A graduate degree in history is an ideal start if you are looking at working in the heritage sector. Our programmes cover many aspects of economic, social and cultural history, valuable for careers in governmental or NGO work, think tanks and social policy. The media is also a fertile ground for employment — the recent spate of historical documentaries need their researchers (or even presenters if you're not averse to the limelight) and many history graduates go on to careers in publishing.
Postgraduate study in Classics not only gives you the opportunity to delve deeper into the Ancient World than would have been possible at undergraduate level, it also helps develop valuable skills for future employment. Its interdisciplinary character gives it a breadth often missing from other areas of study. Graduates come away with enhanced analytical and communications skills and a greater understanding of the past, whether through literary or material culture.
Recent graduates from Edinburgh have progressed to very varied careers. Some have remained within universities, taking up positions as university lecturers and researchers, while others have moved into the heritage industry, advertising, publishing and even politics.
Thanks to the inter-disciplinary nature of Archaeology, which has links to the sciences and the arts, archaeology graduates are well placed to enter careers in various fields. Students are provided not only with rigorous training in academic research, but can also acquire valuable practical experience and transferable skills. These may include working with heritage or environmental agencies, project management and IT expertise, all of which are helpful for careers in the public and private sector.
Edinburgh is home to a number of professional archaeologists employed by museums and heritage agencies as well as commercial archaeology units, and graduates in this field also go on to employment in the areas of art and design.
This article was published on Oct 2, 2013