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Durham University

Department of History

Career Opportunities

We offer our students exceptional opportunities that will help you become critically and socially engaged graduates of the highest calibre.

Students who graduated in 2017:

88% are in paid employment or further study 6 months after graduation.

Of those in employment:

89% are in graduate level employment with a Median salary £23,000.
Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2016/17 graduates.

As a department we help you reflect academically on your progress as you develop into a mature historian, and develop the many advanced skills you will acquire alongside your degree. These skills can be harnessed for your career, allowing you to articulate your degree-specific skills in an outward-facing manner.

This strategy is at the very centre of our planning, which we have woven into our learning, teaching and planning. It is no surprise, therefore, to find that our graduates have gone on to find successful careers in a wide variety of fields, from the civil service, law, banking and business, to teaching, media, journalism, the military and further study.


When applying for roles many employers will ask you to supply academic references from one of your tutors. We always advise that you should approach tutors who know you and your work well, such as a special subject or dissertation tutor.

To help guide you with this process we arrange for advisors from the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre provide short presentations to each year group as part of joined up sessions with an Academic Careers Contact and the Head of Undergraduate Studies:

  • Year 1 covers an introduction to developing employability skills.
  • Year 2 focus on internships /work experience.
  • Year 3 focus on graduate schemes /recruitment cycle/ effective on-line applications

Contact Us

T: +44 (0)191 334 1048