Studying for a BA degree in History and International Studies will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree have the proven ability to analyse subjects in depth and develop coherent arguments in written and verbal form, as well as linguistic fluency, experience of working abroad, and intercultural awareness, all of which are highly sought after skills in a global job market. In addition, the subject-matter studied as part of a degree in History and International Studies is related to a wide range of contemporary issues, which allows graduates to understand the contemporary world in a broad cross-cultural perspective.
In a context where over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, we have found that employers of all kinds wish to employ History and International Studies graduates.Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the Public and Third (Voluntary and Community) sectors, significant numbers develop careers in the Private Sector.
The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
- Accountancy – £20,000-30,000
- Voluntary sector/charities - £15,000-18,000
- Public Relations - £20,000
- Banking: £28 000
- Export Marketing: £15 000 - £25 000
- Consultancy - 20,000+
- Publishing, Media and Performing Arts: £16,000-25,000
- Teaching: £21,500
- Fast Stream Civil Service - £25,000
- Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
- Politicians in the Assembly and Westmintser - 50,000+
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Northern Ireland government departments and the North/South Ministerial Council.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
- the BBC
- the Police Ombudsman’s Office,
- the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments,
- the Local Government Staff Commission,
- the NI Electoral Commission,
- the NI Local Government Association,
- NI Political Parties
- The Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels
The Prospects websiteprovides further information concerning the types of jobs that attract History and International Studies graduates.
Further study: For those wishing to pursue further study after their first degree, the Schools of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy and History & Anthropology provide a range of MA programmes, each of which can be taken either full-time in one year or part-time over two years. The MA programmes are being offered in French, Politics; Irish Politics; Comparative Ethnic Conflict; International Politics; Violence, Terrorism and Security; European Union Politics; Translation and Interpreting.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.