BA Film Studies and History / Careers

Year of entry: 2022

Career opportunities

Study Film with us and you'll learn to interpret and critically analyse theatre, performance and film, create original work for live performance and demonstrate a high level of transferable skills - especially in interpersonal communication, group work, leadership and creative problem solving.

You'll find our graduates in a broad range of occupations - a fact that underlines their considerable adaptability and aptitude for collaborative work, effective communication and negotiation.

These include roles in the theatre, film, television and radio, journalism, teaching and applied theatre.

Some of our most recent graduates are currently pursuing further study in Film Studies, Creative Writing and Screenwriting.

Studies show that over two-thirds of UK businesses value foreign language skills; through your studies, you'll acquire transferable expertise at the very heart of language learning, including enhanced powers of perception and interpretation and advanced decision-making and multitasking skills.

The creative economy accounts for 1 in 11 jobs across the UK and employs 700,000 more people than the financial services industry (Creative Industries Federation). 

The University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers (High Fliers Research, 2019).

Our award-winning careers service provides a wealth of tools, advice, development opportunities and industry links.

You'll have access to dedicated, subject-specific support throughout your studies and for up to two years after graduation.

Our undergraduate courses are also designed to provide an easy transition into postgraduate study, if desired.

We offer a wide range of specialist master's courses within the University and even offer fast-tracked enrolment to high-achieving undergraduate students. 

Our students can take part in our Stellify programme alongside their degrees, developing professional and leadership skills while contributing to their local and global communities through volunteering. Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of industries, including positions in:

  • Applied Theatre; 
  • Television and Radio; 
  • Theatre; 
  • Film and Broadcast; 
  • Journalism; 
  • Teaching at schools, colleges and universities; 
  • Community Arts and Arts Administration; 
  • Law and Business Management.  

Our graduates enjoy success in a wide range of careers, reflecting the high regard in which employers hold a History degree from Manchester, including the BBC - with whom we have well-established links - as well as KPMG, Deloitte, Marks and Spencer, Aviva, Accenture and Barclays. Typical professions for History graduates include:

  • teaching and academia; 
  • heritage and museums; 
  • the Civil Service 
  • policy and thinktanks; 
  • creative industries; 
  • media and journalism; 
  • marketing and public relations; 
  • law and accountancy; 
  • finance; 
  • NGOs.