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Employment and further study

An MA in History can prepare you for a range of exciting career pathways and for further education.

Our students have a very high level of employability and their graduate destinations are broad and varied.

Careers and employment

The transferable skills you acquire and hone during your MA – skills such as research, analysis and presenting – will appeal to future employers.

In addition to helping you develop these skills, we will support and advise you on your possible career options.

Specialists in our careers department will assist you with all aspects of job hunting. They offer events tailored to History postgraduates on a variety of subjects, from CV and application writing to networking skills development.

Being a Russell Group university also means that we have unrivalled links with a variety of industries.

Further study

While researching and writing your MA, you may discover a specific subject area that you would like to investigate at doctoral level.

Our PhD students benefit from the expertise of our academics, Queen Mary’s fertile research culture, and easy access to London’s best libraries, galleries, museums and archives.

What does a PhD involve?

A PhD in History is an exercise in original and individual research, framed within a historiographical context.

Full time a PhD takes 3 years, or part-time it takes 6 years.

This challenging undertaking is an individual endeavour, but one which is supported by an expert supervisor. You will also have the encouragement of a mentor and the diverse research environment of the School.

Find out more about what a PhD involves.

PhD staff

Our academic staff are always available to assist with applications and offer guidance on looking for PhD funding and supervision.

In many cases, PhD students meet their supervisors during their MA programme.

Our academics’ range of research expertise is second to none. They cover a huge variety of historical periods, themes, regions and eras.

Find out more about the research interests of our PhD staff.