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Liberal Arts



Humanities has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. 

Studying Liberal Arts at the University of Exeter provides you with the skills that are attractive to employers and relevant for a wide variety of careers. You can choose from a diverse range of humanities and social science subjects, allowing you to tailor the course to meet your career goals.

You will be able to demonstrate skills in critical thinking, communication, textual analysis, teamwork, quantitative analysis and research. These abilities are highly valued in a number of career sectors including law, business, education, media, marketing and heritage.


Study abroad

The opportunity to study abroad provides a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness.

Humanities in the Workplace

You will have the option to undertake the Humanities in the Workplace module in Year 2. Choosing to undertake a work experience placement as part of your studies will show potential employers how you can apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace.

Employers and alumni

You will get the chance to meet with employers and alumni from a range of sectors to build networks for the future and gain insight into what different careers are really like.

Speakers have included:

  • Julian Bird, Chief Executive, Society of London Theatre and Theatrical Management Association
  • Joshua Kneen, IBM
  • Karen Myers, Director of Corporate Communications, IPC Media
  • Matt Sydney, Senior Producer, BBC
  • John Evans, Language Officer, Directorate General for Translation, European Commission

Career Zone

Our Career Zone provides the support you need to prepare for your future career. You can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.


Graduates from 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