Studying history informs you about the world, develops your ability to research and manage information, and enables you to be critical and to communicate effectively. For employers, a degree in history represents excellent preparation for working life – our history students enjoy a good record of employment.
Common professions for history students include teaching, banking, journalism and law, and a range of careers in museums, archives and heritage organisations.
Students also choose careers in the Home Office, local government and in retail and services management. A history degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: Lammy Ogboye
Course: History BA(Hons)
"History at Kingston is brilliant. The history students and lecturers are incredibly welcoming and interesting. You will have weekly lectures on your modules, as well as smaller, more engaging seminars. The seminars are a great way to share your views on a topic and have your ideas challenged – but don't be daunted, as not only do they train your critical thinking skills, but also open you to a world of new perspectives!
Writing my history dissertation was one of the proudest and most exciting experiences during my degree, and interestingly, inspired me to pursue a career in civil engineering. It motivated me to work for Hydrogeologists Without Borders after graduating, and also to work on engineering projects in Central America. In terms of my studies for engineering, my degree and time at Kingston instilled a very real love of learning – I still think about ideas of democracy during the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment as well as international relations in the 1900s! The discipline that I learned at Kingston to improve myself and learn all that I can gave me the tools and the confidence to pursue my studies after the degree.
Outside of academic life, Kingston is beautiful. The diversity and history of the town makes it a unique university experience. There is a sense of community with people on your campus, but the town also allows you to make friends around Kingston.
To all incoming history students, I would say get involved in the activities on campus, start a society, explore the town and take advantage of all the study abroad options. As long as you have a genuine interest in history, a willingness to work hard, and a drive to make the most of all the opportunities given to you, you'll absolutely love it here!"
Name: Karaine Doswell
Course: History BA(Hons)
"Since graduating with a degree in history from Kingston University I have started working as a documentation specialist for a top international corporation.
I have always had a keen interest in history which is why choosing to study at Kingston University was ideal. What was most appealing were the broad range of modules to choose from and the diversity of the teaching staff's fields.
During my time of study, I acquired many skills which I use every day in my career, such as giving presentations and conducting research for press releases.
The lecturers in history are truly passionate about their specialities and it shows in their teaching. I thoroughly enjoyed the lectures as well as the group debates which gave a once shy person the opportunity to have my opinions heard and learn from others in the process. I also found the History staff to be extremely supportive; I could always count on my lecturers to give me one-on-one advice as well or encourage me to attend the many workshops in place for essay writing, IT skills and exam preparation.
I would encourage anyone who has a keen interest in learning, in developing a sense of how the world works, and in the impact of historical events on today's world issues to study history at Kingston University.
I now have a career, and I am also about to start a postgraduate degree in social work. There is no doubt that without my undergraduate degree in history, I would not have the transferable skills necessary for success."
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you: