Professional Experience

Your degree in Humanities here at the University of Exeter will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career.

Our students and recent graduates can tell you more about how their time at Exeter contributed to their professional experience. Click here to read their Student Stories.

Completing a work placement is great way to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

The first year Public History module at Penryn offers the opportunity to analyse museum exhibits, conduct oral history interviews, explore digital public history, and go on placement within a public history setting.

The Archaeology programme gives students ample opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part of their degree. Modules such as the Archaeology Fieldwork Project, the Archaeology Fieldschool and the Archaeology Professional Placement allow you to undertake a placement in archaeology/museum work, or on a project run by the department. These experiences can provide invaluable employability skills, allowing you to demonstrate and build on your practical abilities and gain experience in related sectors. 

Our College-wide second-year module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all Humanities students on our Streatham campus and offers the opportunity to gain credit-bearing work experience in a broad range of sectors.

The second-year Making a Career in Publishing module examines careers in the three main areas of publishing expertise: commissioning, marketing and production. Alongside sector specific skills, the module will allow you to develop an understanding of how the skills and knowledge acquired as part of a Humanities degree are applicable to the workplace and to extend your work-related learning and knowledge in a reflective way.

The Applied Drama module offers final year Drama students a fantastic opportunity to engage their studies in a professional setting and see how Drama can be utilised in a wider framework. The module looks at ways of employing Interactive Theatre within an educational setting, and asks students to create an Interactive Theatre programme for a specific audience.

Voluntary work demonstrates to employers that you are socially aware and proactive, and that you have developed key employability skills such as communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The University of Exeter works with many partner organisations who recruit our students for voluntary positions on a yearly basis.  Students have regularly gain experience with the following organisations:

Exeter students have also been give the opportunity to work as journalists and copywriters for high profile international events such as the G-20 Y Summit and the international development organisation Engineers without Borders. Many students also undertake local community work through the Guild’s ESV (Exeter Student Volunteering) programme and the FXU's V Team.

The College of Humanities funds a number of student internships in a wide range of subject areas. These internships are open to current students, and are a fantastic way of gaining some practical research experience whilst studying at the University. 

Student Societies

The Exeter Students’ Guild and FXU at Penryn offers a huge range of student societies. Whether you would like to take part in a debate through your subject’s academic society, become the president of a society, or organise a student-led event, the societies offer many opportunities to develop your skills, giving you fantastic additions to your CV. 

Full list of FXU Societies

Full list of Guild Societies

Change Agents

The Change Agents scheme gives you the opportunity to lead on change to the academic experience at the University of Exeter, going beyond just making suggestions to your academic reps. Find out what Humanities students have been up to.

Translation Business Project

Now in its fourth year the Translation Business Project is a voluntary project offered to all final-year students across the College of Humanities. Finalists are given the opportunity to work alongside Postgraduate students in the College and attend a number of careers-related events. Students don’t need to be studying Modern Languages to be involved, and there are many English-speaking opportunities. Involvement in the project counts towards the Exeter Award.