Careers and employability Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

More than 94% of graduates from the Dept of Literature, Language and Theatre are productively engaged in employment within six months of graduation, or have continued studying to a higher level.

What will I learn on my degree course that will be useful in today's job market?

Our programmes develop essential skills such as communication, self-discipline, independent research, and analysis - qualities increasingly valued by employers in many fields.

A wide range of career opportunities are open to our graduates, including education, publishing, journalism and other media roles, and advertising, to public administration, speech therapy, communications, and IT. We ensure there is a good balance between theory and practice in all our programmes, developing academic and intellectual skills in tandem with practical application.

What recent graduates say:

"I work at a media company, writing copy for two B2B fortnightly magazines, as well as two websites. I've been around the world reporting on breaking news and interviewing interesting people. My success is a testament to the values I learned at the University of Greenwich, and I'd like to credit the entire teaching team for providing the resources to propel me towards a really great job and the beginning of a fantastic career. The University's support gave me the knowledge and confidence to aim high and propel myself forward."

Barney Dixon, English Literature (2016), at time of speaking working at Black Knight Media

"I work at a Sixth Form College on the outskirts of London teaching A Level and GCSE English. Studying English Literature and Creative Writing at University has made my career possible. Not only did my degree prepare me in terms of subject matter, it also increased my confidence, and ability to manage time effectively."

Deborah Auton-Leaf, Creative Writing and English (2006), at time of speaking working at Havering Sixth Form College

"Studying Literature and Creative Writing at Greenwich has really helped me to approach publishing with a strong editorial eye.  It has also given me the ability to work well within a team, thanks to working in group situations and discussing each other's creative work with an editorial focus whilst studying."

Hannah Smith, Creative Writing (2016), at time of speaking working as an Assistant Editor at HarperCollins

"My learning experience at the University of Greenwich was fun and positive; I felt that I was supported in every step that I took, thanks not least to my great tutors. As a teacher of English now I use all the fundamental knowledge I gained at the university. It is my goal to make my students' learning experience just as positive, fun and useful for their future careers as mine was."

Gizem Simmons, English Language and English Language Teaching (2013), at time of speaking working as an English teacher for foreign speakers

"Studying English Literature at Greenwich taught me how to understand a subject from every viewpoint and create strong arguments. This had been invaluable in my work in fundraising for UK charities."

Matilda Dunning, English Literature (2013), at time of speaking working as a fundraiser at Centrepoint

"The study of English at university was imperative for my career choice. Working as an English teacher, as well as Deputy Head as Sixth form, I often refer to my own lecture notes in order to stretch and challenge the students at A-level. I love introducing students to critical theory and often refer to some of the theoretical texts I studied at university. It really helps illuminate their perspective of texts and is especially relevant to those thinking of studying English at university. The range of modules available at Greenwich has helped ensure I am an English teacher who has multiple specialisms and this is very useful at A-level, especially with regard to coursework. I would highly recommend the course at Greenwich due to the inspirational lecturers and wide variety of specialisms they have."

Mrs Danielle Turner, English Literature (2013), at time of speaking working as an English teacher and Deputy Head of Sixth Form at Townley Grammar School

"As a professional writer, my stories have appeared in various magazines, competitions and anthologies, while my latest novel, Broadcast, has been published around the world. None of this would have been possible without the deep foundations I dug at the University of Greenwich. The guidance and expertise of my tutors helped me to grow into the writer I am today, and I also made some lifelong friends along the way. I wouldn't swap those years for anything in the world."

Liam Brown, Creative Writing and English (2009), at time of speaking working as a novelist

"My degree in English Literature was invaluable in aiding my progression to an Editorial Assistant role. During the interview process I was able to demonstrate my passion for the English language, and to link it to the need for people affected by cancer to receive high-quality, accessible information. During my degree I also developed my proofreading skills which helped enormously, as editorial roles require a strong attention to detail and an ability to pick up on errors before content reaches publication stage."

Amy-Louise Murray, English Literature (2016), at time of speaking working as an Editorial Assistant at Macmillan Cancer Support

"Studying English Literature at Greenwich has definitely been the foundation I have built my career upon. Through the fantastic guidance of my tutors and the diverse range of coursework projects, I expanded not only my academic knowledge and essay writing skills, but also improved my public speaking, built my confidence in my opinions, and challenged my self perception."

Katherine Russill, English Literature (2014), at time of speaking working as Courseware Editor at the Chartered Insurance Institute

What opportunities are there for gaining work experience during my time at Greenwich?

Students on all our programmes have the opportunity to undertake work placements, whatever their career goals, as a part of their degree. These range from full-year 'sandwich' placements, to practical course options, to work-based learning courses. We have recently established a network of recent alumni who act as career mentors to interested students, and we regularly organise on-campus talks, from industry speakers.

Where do our students go on to work?

Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of industries including teaching, publishing, NGOs, and local government jobs.

In the last two years our students have gone on to work in positions such as:

  • Teaching at primary and secondary schools, and FE colleges
  • Editorial roles at international publishing houses
  • National charities (editorial, fundraising and campaigning)
  • Copywriting roles for national businesses
  • Theatre companies
  • Teaching languages, including English, overseas

What careers support will I get? 

Throughout your degree programme you will be assigned to a personal tutoring group that will focus on your personal and professional development, and employability.

We work closely with the University's Employability and Careers Service Team who assist students and recent graduates with their transition into graduate employment. Our support is available to students for up to two years after graduation.