A classics degree develops your intellectual flexibility and analytical thinking skills. Discover the range of careers you could pursue

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Studying a classics degree provides you with skills relevant for a number of sectors, including museum and gallery work, legal, teaching and academia, media and broadcasting, film and television, banking, consultancy and marketing.

Getting work experience in the area you wish to work in can be particularly helpful for future job applications. This could be a structured work placement, a part-time job, voluntary work or even a period of work shadowing. Use the time to develop your skills and to establish contacts within the industry. Getting involved in student societies can also be a good way of developing skills related to your chosen career.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

The breadth of your degree makes you attractive to many employers, including:

  • museums - these are a key employer for classics graduates wishing to use their subject knowledge
  • universities - sharing your expertise through teaching and research
  • heritage organisations
  • libraries
  • art centres and theatres
  • the government
  • the police
  • research and information organisations
  • publishing houses
  • financial institutions
  • legal firms.

Find information on employers in the creative arts and design, marketing, advertising and PR, law and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

Throughout your classics studies you'll acquire a range of subject-specific skills, including knowledge of the Greek and Roman languages and cultures.

A classics degree also develops many valuable transferable skills, such as:

  • the ability to research, collate and analyse materials, including written documentation and statistics
  • critical evaluation skills and the ability to interpret resources
  • the capacity to formulate impartial and coherent arguments
  • good spoken and written presentation skills
  • group working and self-management skills, including being able to meet deadlines.

Further study

Classics graduates often choose to study Masters or PhDs in classics or related subjects, such as classical archaeology, ancient history and Greek and Latin languages and literature. Becoming a specialist in an academic discipline, particularly at PhD level, can be the first step towards getting an academic job as a lecturer/researcher.

Other classics graduates opt for more vocational courses, generally at Masters level, such as museum studies or records and archive management. Further training is also necessary for a move into professions such as law, teaching, librarianship or accountancy.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do classics graduates do?

More than half of classics graduates are in full-time employment six months after graduating, while almost a third go on to further study or combine further study with work.

DestinationPercentage
Employed49.3
Further study30.3
Working and studying7.3
Unemployed8.4
Other4.7
Graduate destinations for classics
Type of workPercentage
Retail, catering and bar work18.4
Business, HR and financial14.4
Marketing, PR and sales14.1
Secretarial and numerical clerks11.3
Other41.8
Types of work entered in the UK

Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.