History BA (Hons)

Key information


Career prospects

According to the Association of Graduate Recruiters, employers are looking increasingly for ‘softer’ skills such as team-work, informed judgement, cultural awareness, critical thinking and leadership. A History degree from Liverpool offers you the opportunity to develop this enviable range of skills, offering a flexible platform on which to base a vast array of career options.

Our graduates progress to a range of careers including:

  • Archives and records management
  • Arts
  • Banking
  • Charities
  • Financial consultancy
  • Heritage and culture organisations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • National and local government
  • Publishing
  • Retail management
  • Teaching in schools and universities.

Recent employers

  • BBC
  • British Council
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Foreign Office
  • HSBC
  • Merseyside Police Authority
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Sony Computer Entertainment.

Postgraduate opportunities

A range of MA programmes are available, and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Current PhD students in the Department are working on a wide range of topics, from early medieval law codes and the second crusade, to crime in modern England and the sexual exploitation of enslaved women in 19th century America.

Qualifying you for life

A History degree from Liverpool will equip you with a unique set of transferable skills that are sought by many employers. By the time you graduate, you will have acquired advanced communication skills (written and spoken), learnt extensive organisational skills and developed high levels of critical analysis. We believe in fostering a high degree of independence in our students, which means that you will emerge as a confident and mature graduate, capable of taking responsibility for complex tasks with a mixture of imagination and intellectual rigour.

Jack Newport
History BA (Hons)

The best thing about the History degree at Liverpool is the encouragement of independent thought, research and ideas, as well as discovering fascinating things about how humanity has developed. The staff are also very willing to help… Liverpool is one of the most vibrant cities in the UK, with fantastic culture, heritage, and nightlife. It’s also a very friendly place.