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For Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences graduates, a world of possibilities awaits. Where will you go?
Take the leap at Cardiff University.
Why Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences?
Even if you don't have your career all mapped out, you should love what you learn.
When you study a degree in Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences, you can choose a subject you're passionate about - safe in the knowledge you’ll be a highly employable graduate, with skills that can be used across so many industries.
In fact, eight out of the ten fastest-growing UK sectors employ more Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences graduates than any other disciplines*.
So even if you don't know where you're going just yet, you'll know you're headed in the right direction.
Love what you learn
Studying a subject you love means you can discover and shape your future with passion. Whether that’s English, Music, Journalism, Languages, a combination or something else entirely, choose with your head and heart.
Secure your future
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences graduates are highly employable (88% in employment*) and resilient to economic upheaval.
*British Academy Report - Qualified for the Future, 2020
Gain the skills that employers value now and for the future. Becoming an independent learner, thinking critically and being innovative are in high demand* across a range of industries, giving you freedom and career flexibility.
*British Academy Report - Qualified for the Future, 2020
Why Cardiff University?
We're an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city.
We're proud that 97% of our graduates are in employment and / or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling 15 months after the end of their course*.
*Higher Education Statistics Agency, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020
"I studied Human Geography as I was unsure of what I wanted to do as a career – but I was aware of the opportunities and options that the degree would provide me in terms of my career paths."
"I studied History and chose my degree based on what I was good at and what interested me in my A-levels, knowing it would take time to figure out my career path and life goals."
"My International Relations and Politics degree was so empowering; it taught me how to communicate on issues and engage in processes that can deliver big changes."
What our students are saying
BSc Urban Planning and Development
"I love to learn, and currently feel like I haven’t learnt everything I want to know to have a solid plan for a future career. The more I learn, the more things I find interesting and would like to go into. But that’s what is great about my degree, the opportunities are endless."
"I chose Music as I wanted to follow my heart and do something that I am passionate about, rather than what might make me more ‘employable’ - and I love my course."
BA Journalism and Communications
BA French and Spanish
"Coming to the end of my first year A-Levels, I decided to think of practicalities. I didn't want to be tied down to one specific career path or job market; I wanted options, and I wanted to do a degree that would open the door to a wide range of possibilities. I also knew that I wanted to travel, and perhaps live abroad at some point. It was then that I realised I should start looking at language degrees."
"Let alone the wealth of knowledge I have gained in my subject of study (Journalism and Communications), university has taught me more than I could have ever imagined; about myself, other people, and the world. The fact my experience in Cardiff turned out to be such a great one has filled me with a sense of optimism that will be with me as I enter the next phase of my life."
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BSc Human Geography (2018)
Marketing Executive at TMW Business
I studied Human Geography as I was unsure of what I wanted to do as a career – but I was aware of the opportunities and options that the degree would provide me in terms of my career paths.
I loved the choice and options of modules, and that it allowed me to navigate towards a direction that I was more interested in each year.
I currently work in marketing for a B2B technology agency, which has been great exposure and experience for me. Part of my role involves delivering exceptional digital and integrated marketing programmes for B2B technology clients such as Microsoft and Fujitsu.
I developed a lot of my key skills, like organisation, time-management, multi-tasking, teamwork and working to deadlines during my degree.
I also gained new skills like independent reading, research, analytical skills and critical reflection. Communication skills have also been vital in developing meaningful relationships with colleagues and clients. All these skills have benefited me whilst starting my career, as they are transferable skills. I use these skills on a day-to-day basis.
I’d highly recommend studying a subject that you truly feel passionate and excited about if you’re unsure of what career path you’d like to navigate towards. Your passion will be reflected in the output of your work, and will hopefully allow you to explore in further depth what your main interests are in the future.
BA History (2012)
Head of Business Intelligence for Hotel Search at trivago
I studied History and chose my degree based on what I was good at and what interested me in my A-levels. I chose Cardiff in particular because the atmosphere of the city, the quality of the teaching and the overall welcome I received during the visit days.
I didn’t have the career plan that my peers and friends seemed to. I was quite nervous about this at the time, as others were looking into graduate placements and other quite rigid career settings, but looking back I feel my career development has exceeded what I was expecting as I was applying to university.
The skills I developed during my degree are invaluable to my current job, like critical thinking, time management, exchanging with others, but most importantly communication which is vital to making an impact. I attribute much of the impact I can make in business to the skills I developed in Cardiff.
Studying at Cardiff was great preparation for the world of work. I can honestly say that when I'm recruiting for roles now, the skills from humanities subjects are extremely important. There are so many lessons that you learn outside your subject that are really important, like working closely with people who have completely different ways of working to your own. I also had the opportunity to test public speaking skills - all the nervous moments presenting really prepared me for doing the same thing in meetings & business leadership teams!
My advice to students would be to not put pressure on yourselves. It’s really easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and to feel that you should know exactly what you want to do for your career, but you have a lot of time ahead of you. Finding what motivates you and what you’re passionate about takes time and can also change as you grow and get more experience.
BA Music (2021)
When choosing my degree, I wanted to follow my heart and do something that I am passionate about, rather than what might make me more ‘employable’. I found choosing a degree programme really liberating, because I was always going to be doing a subject that I loved!
Studying at Cardiff is really helping me prepare for my future career. One thing I was taught very early on is that you need to be good at managing your own time and finding the balance between enjoying your time at university and working. I’ve become president of a choir this year, so making extra time for that has led me to re-evaluate my priorities, which I also think is a good thing at whatever stage you’re at.
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences subjects mean you can hone the skills that are directly going to help you be employable in the future. Communication, problem-solving, creativity, working to deadlines, dealing with pressure and analysis of data are all key skills you'll develop, and these will be helpful in any workplace.
I've gained so many new skills during my course, like communication; imagination; self-confidence; creativity; critical thinking. The self-confidence that you have to instil in yourself to remain focussed and driven to succeed is something that I don’t think a lot of other subjects have!
The university environment is incredibly valuable: it's really helpful in terms of making new friends outside of the bubble you might have had at home. You'll meet so many different kinds of people right from the start of your experience, which I think is really beneficial when going into a diverse work environment, in any chosen field, in the future.
My advice to students would be; don’t discount the arts! Spend the next three years of your life doing something that you love. You'll gain a degree and the skills to be employable but also the option of specialising further with a master's degree or conversion course.
BScEcon International Relations and Politics (2019)
Community Engagement Officer at Transport for Wales
I studied International Relations and Politics because I was interested in politics and how it influences every aspect of how we live our lives. I felt international relations would broaden my job prospects.
I never really knew what I wanted to do, but I thought about the civil service, diplomatic services or security services. I knew when applying for university that I was much more interested in contemporary politics, which Cardiff definitely delivered.
My career journey actually began during university! In my first year I joined Deryn Consulting, a public affairs consultancy, as an intern and worked there until the end of my degree. It was during my internship that I took a particular interest in transport policy. After some time as a Policy Officer for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, I became a Community Engagement Officer at Transport for Wales, where I deliver community engagement in relation to active-travel across Wales, empowering people and communities to input into how their transport system serves them.
The most helpful skills I developed during university were the practical skills that I could demonstrate in a job interview and on my CV. Critical thinking skills and report writing were really important, and interviewing, engagement, the public policy process, and statistical analysis have proven to be most useful.
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences degrees are empowering; they teach you how to communicate on issues and engage in processes that can deliver big changes. For me, having the confidence to speak on policy issues doesn’t need to come from knowing that subject inside and out, but knowing the important points and knowing how to tell them and who to tell them to.
My advice to students; if you want to influence the world around you, whether tackling economic, social, environmental or cultural issues, how businesses operate, how people are housed and cared for, how we make progress towards climate targets or protect rights... then the social sciences offer a great starting point!