Career Opportunities

University degrees represent a significant financial investment. So, from the very outset we encourage you to take a long-term perspective and to think about what you want do after you graduate. That way, you can construct the most appropriate combination of courses in order to acquire the required knowledge and skills.

Over 70% of our undergraduate students attain a graduate level position 6 months after graduating.

What skills will I learn?

Employers will be looking for highly skilled recruits. A language study course does not just teach you a body of facts, but also a range of skills, for example:

  • the practical skills of careful listening to and transcribing language
  • the analytical skills of describing and comparing languages or styles of language
  • the intellectual skills of examining and evaluating theories
  • various transferable skills (in particular, because we use computers a lot in both research and teaching, you will be able to improve your IT competence)

Our graduates are well prepared for careers which use these skills and others based on them, such as problem-solving, critical evaluation of evidence, attention to detail.


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a dedicated team of careers consultants who work in partnership with our departments to offer advice, support and experience opportunities relevant to the current stage of students' developing career plans and academic study.  This is further developed by a Faculty placements officer and by specialised departmental level support.

The Faculty works closely with Careers to help students gain the skills, experience and expertise employers are looking for.

Work Experience

Undertaking a work placement or internship really helps students to gain experience that will be valuable in the increasingly competitive job market.  We provide students with a number of opportunities to undertake a work placement both as part of and outside of their course. Explore the opportunities available for students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences FASS Placement and internships and see also the LAEL Internship opportunities.

Lancaster Award

Achieve the The Lancaster Award, a non-academic, non-crediting bearing certificate developed in partnership with employers to help you make the most of your time at Lancaster and to demonstrate the skills you have developed along the way. The Lancaster Award will help you stand out from the crowd and enhance your future employment prospects. 

What do students go on to do with a degree from our department?

Here are some typical areas that will be of interest to you once you've taken a degree from our department:

  • Professions involving linguistic expertise: speech therapy, dictionary-building, IT (e.g. speech recognition technology)
  • Education: teaching in schools, colleges and universities in Britain, and teaching English as a Foreign Language abroad
  • Journalism and the media, public relations
  • Publishing
  • Management
  • Higher degrees and research