Careers and opportunities


Our graduates enter into a wide variety of careers and industries due to our courses providing them with a wide variety of transferable skills and experiences. Graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment in media, publishing, teaching and information management where their skills in analysis, communication and evaluation are highly valued. We ensure our programmes are relevant to the world of work through active links with regional employers across a range of industries and professions.

Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study engaging in research in their chosen fields.

Find out more about our postgraduate courses and research areas.


There are lots of opportunities within the School of Humanities to enrich your course to ensure you get the most out of your degree and develop an array of highly desirable skills that employers are looking for in graduates.

From extra-curricular societies, like the Oral History team and student media, to taking a work placement or study abroad year, there is lots to get involved with no matter what your interests.

Study abroad

Our degrees allow you to undertake a Study Abroad year in one of our partner universities across the world, enabling you to explore, and understand the global application of your chosen area of study. Students can study for one year, or a semester, in Europe, Asia, Australia or the United States of America.

Find out more about studying abroad

My best memories are from my year abroad in California State University Long Beach and the amazing adventures I had with my course-mate! Whenever we catch up, we always reminisce about all the fantastic times we both had at Hertfordshire and in California.

Charlie Edgar

BA (Hons) Mass Communications with Year Abroad

Work placement

As part of your degree you can undertake a placement year where you work in the industry for a year to help you gain valuable work experience, and explore your future career possibilities. Undertaking a work placement, also makes you highly desirable by employers upon graduation as you put your knowledge into practice and develop transferable work-based skills, like communication, time management and problem solving, in real-life scenarios. The skills you learn on your placement year can even help you when you return to University for your final year and make you a more focused and motivated individual.

Find our more about placement years

Taking a placement year helped me grow the skills that I had learnt at university. It’s a great way to put your learning into practice and get a taste of the real world! Especially if you have a set career in mind.

Avneet Chugh

School of Humanities student