The Oxford History degree offers our graduates a host of transferrable skills that will allow you to pursue a diverse and rewarding career.

As an Oxford historian, you will -

  • learn to understand people, and their worlds, in new ways
  • acquire the ability to analyse large amounts of evidence rigorously
  • think critically
  • conduct research imaginatively
  • be able to construct powerful arguments that communicate your ideas clearly
  • become skilled in managing your own time
  • learn with others to debate, negotiate, and question

The most common sectors for employment for Oxford History graduates are: government and public services; the media and publishing; arts and heritage; banking and investment; advertising, marketing and communication; the law; and of course education.

Our students love studying so much that after completing their undergraduate degree –

  • about 40 per cent of Oxford historians study for a Masters degree
  • another 30 per cent complete a professional qualification, such as in law, accountancy, or medicine.
  • and more than one-quarter enjoy academic research so much that they study for a PhD.       

Oxford University students have access – for the rest of their lives – to an outstanding free Careers Service. The careers service offers

  • one-to-one guidance from 15 dedicated careers advisers
  • funded internships including over 500 global summer placements
  • access to careers fairs featuring more than 600 graduate employers

According to UK government statistics, Oxford’s historians develop careers that pay them an average salary of £38,800 five years after graduation. To really understand the many ways that studying history at Oxford shaped people’s lives, you can read about our current and former students on the History@Oxford blog.