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Humanities and the world of work

Transferable professional skills honed through humanities study translate directly to the capabilities needed to perform in jobs at a high level in the professional world and tackle the challenges faced by many organisations today.

Studying liberal arts and the humanities fosters diversity of thought, encouraging students to be collaborative, curious and creative.  

In an increasingly automated world, the human touch has never been more essential in the workplace, humanities graduates are innovative, emotionally intuitive, flexible and collegiate. These free-thinking skills acquired through the study of the humanities will be increasingly desired by employers.

Why study Art History?

The study of Art History allows you to follow your passions and prepare for your career. Studying Art History allows students to understand both ancient and modern society and culture, which in turn brings fulfilment and challenge. Key skills you’ll acquire include critical thinking, interpretation and research skills, the ability to synthesise information and the writing skills to communicate concepts and ideas concisely and clearly.

Why study Economics?

Economics graduates can follow a variety of career paths, using the economic principles and models taught, while learning about the broader societal factors which shape social policy, including financial markets and skills in statistical analysis. Other transferable skills include communication, numeracy, problem-solving, computing, time management and analysis.

Recent graduate destinations for the College’s economists include Amazon, BearingPointCloudFaces, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, DiageoMoore Stephens, OC&C Strategy Consultants, PwC, and postgraduate study at the University of Oxford, LSE and UCL.

Why study English?

The English degree sharpens students’ ability to communicate effectively and their articulation of in-depth concepts, theories and texts, as well as efficiently promoting debate and argument skills. Career prospects include teaching, journalism, writing, editorial work, advertising, PR, marketing, professional services, theatre and film.

The College’s English graduates have made exceptional achievements in the field of postgraduate study; among them are NCH graduates accepted to the MA Acting (Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris), MA Acting in English (Cours Florent, Paris), MSt Creative Writing (University of Cambridge), MA English (University of Oxford), MA History of Art (Courtauld Institute of Art), MA Liberal Arts & Sciences (The New School, NY), MSc Gender (LSE), PhD English (University of Oxford), and PhD English (University of Cambridge).

Others have entered into diverse fields including digital marketing at Grieder Contemporary Gallery in Zurich, and in San Francisco; education at British Council in Martinique and INTO University; professional services at the UK Government Legal Department and Electoral Reform Services; and their own start-ups, including Vagaband.

Why study History?

Our degree in History improves students’ capacities for independent thought. Furthermore, the NCH History major offers you the opportunity to work with primary sources, usually only possible at postgraduate level, while developing the full range of approaches to research. These will provide you with exceptional preparation to become a historian, journalist, politician, researcher, or to work in professional services or the civil service.

The College’s recent graduate historians have progressed to a variety of highly-respected graduate employers including Accenture, Civil Service Fast Stream, CoinSharesColliers International, Deloitte, Glenmont Partners, KPMG, Lambert Smith Hampton, Porsche, Zenith Optimedia, and postgraduate study at the University of Oxford, LSE, UCL, Columbia University in New York, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York.

Why study Law?

The Law degree provides the student with strong subject analysis for entry into the legal professions, combined with the understanding of legal implications and obligations. You will also have a good intellectual and cultural basis for careers in areas such as academia, journalism, politics, PR, marketing, copywriting, civil service, and the creative industries.

Recent graduate destinations for the College’s law graduate include BloombergClifford Chance, Harcus Sinclair, Hogan LovellsM&C Saatchi PR, PwC, Seedrs, and postgraduate study at the University of Chicago.

Why study Philosophy?

Philosophy teaches graduates to distinguish differences between views and present ideas in a well-constructed and systematic manner. Another transferable skill obtained by our graduates is the capacity to identify, absorb and analyse complex information – an essential skill for the future.

The College’s recent Philosophy graduates have carved themselves careers in diverse fields including creative strategy, website development, software engineering, creative planning, finance and theatre production, and at organisations including, CBREI&M Burbage Capital, and MHA MacIntyre Hudson. Others have pursued further study at institutions including the University of Oxford and UCL.

Why study Politics & International Relations?

As a graduate of the NCH undergraduate programme with Politics & International Relations as your major, you will have a good intellectual and cultural basis for careers in areas such as the civil service, finance, journalism, politics, professional services, consultancy, postgraduate study, among others.

Graduate destinations for recent politics graduates include Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Ocado, Office for the Secretary of State for Wales, Universal Music Group,  and postgraduate study at top universities including the University of Bristol, the University of Oxford and UCL.