History & War Studies

In your history and/or war studies degree you will have developed a wide range of skills that will be useful in a number of work settings. The information below gives some suggestions to help you identify a career direction.

It is essential to investigate your options and assess which match your skill set and interests.  

Popular career options

Many history and war studies graduates are keen to use their subject knowledge by either working in the heritage and culture sector, or within teaching.

Heritage and culture

You could work for museums, heritage sites, libraries, archives, cultural development teams within local councils, Government departments such as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Roles include: archivist, academic librarian, heritage manager, museum education officer, records manager


You could work within: schools, colleges, universities, community teaching (museums, heritage sites and libraries sometimes work in partnership with learning institutions to run workshops, visits to historical sites and festivals)

Other career options

The transferable skills you have developed through your degree make you employable for a range of careers outside of heritage and culture and teaching.

History and war studies graduates can therefore be found in a much wider spectrum of careers including: social welfare, advice and guidance, management, the media, finance, law, sales and marketing.

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What past students have done 

Some of the jobs that history and war studies graduates from this university were in, 6 months after graduating, include:

  • Trainee Notetaker for a university
  • Auctioneer Assistant
  • Sales and Marketing Assistant
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Project Coordinator in the transport industry
  • Support Officer for a political party
  • Business Development Officer for a law firm
  • Record Manager for a community history project
  • Counsellor for a charity
  • Support teacher at a primary school

Read about the experiences of recent History and War Studies graduates and find out further information about our Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses.

More information about career options

You may find our downloadable guides useful which provide information about where you could work, roles, improving your employability and job hunting.

Also see the occupational profiles on Prospects or the National Careers Service for more options and information.

Mapping out a career direction

As you have chosen an academic degree that could lead to multiple career options, you will need to analyse carefully your own skills, values and interests and compare these with job options to identify career areas that might suit you.

You will also need to think about how you will convey your skills and abilities to employers in the career areas you identify and consider what else you need to do to boost your employability. This might mean undertaking further study, work experience or voluntary work.  

Identifying your skills

As an graduate in History and/or War Studies it is likely that you have developed the ability to:

  • Research, analyse and draw conclusions from different sources of information
  • Think analytically, logically and critically
  • Articulate arguments and ideas in written form and verbally 
  • Think objectively about issues and to resolve problems  

These are skills that all employers value, regardless of sector.

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