Graduates from the College of Humanities progress to a broad and diverse range of professions. Our graduates succeed in a huge variety of sectors including media and journalism; business management; education; finance; law; creative and performing arts; arts management; translation and interpretation; publishing; research; heritage; politics; civil service; third sector; PR and marketing.

Our graduates are sought after by a range of employers and we are often contacted directly by employers who are keen to recruit them. We have recently welcomed Reuters (the largest independent international news agency in the world) and Deloitte onto campus, both of whom were keen to recruit humanities students. 

Employers of our recent graduates include:

  • BBC
  • Deloitte 
  • Reuters
  • PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)
  • National Trust 
  • British Council
  • MediaCom 
  • Taylor & Francis

Further study

Every year a high proportion of our graduates choose to progress to further study or professional training. Many students choose to pursue their academic interests and specialise through a Masters degree. Qualifying for careers in education, law, business management, heritage and museum management and journalism are also popular choices.

I’ve been working with University of Exeter students for several years now and find them extremely bright, efficiently organised, keen and eminently well prepared for the jobs market.

Simon Hall, BBC News Correspondent


Liberal Arts pie chart

6 months after graduation 94.7% of graduates from the College of Humanities are in work and / or further study

31% are in graduate level work

35.7% are in graduate level further study

3.9% are in graduate level work and further study

24.1% are in work and/ or further study of non-graduate level**

*Sourced from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) 2010/11. These figures exclude respondents who are unavailable for work i.e. because they are travelling.
** Graduates who are in work and/or further study that is not defined as graduate level by the DLHE Survey 2010/11.

For me, my degree helped in terms of developing my writing skills (which need to be impeccable when working in Public Relations), and having my writing read and assessed by published, acclaimed authors was nothing short of a privilege. My French language skills come in use when liaising with the Paris office or with French journalists. I would absolutely recommend the programme to someone considering studying at Exeter.

My student life at Exeter was fantastic and I would thoroughly recommend being involved in lots of extra-curricular activities as you end up with many different groups of friends. I was heavily involved in Exeter's student television station, 'XTV,' where I was the Head of Publicity and a Programme Producer. It was this involvement that secured me my first job out of university, in the television industry which then led to my career in PR.

Megan Rex, Director of PR and Communications at Inkly (BA Creative Writing with French and Film 2009)