885 graduates received doctoral degrees in arts and humanities subjects in 2004, down from the year before. This survey covers 590 graduates in the subject area. Women made up a small majority of graduates, with 305 respondents, or 51.6% of the total (See Table One). 62.7% of graduates studied full-time, the same proportion as studied full time masters degrees in the subject.
|PhD graduates||Arts and humanities|
Table One: Overview of UK-domiciled PhD graduates in arts and humanities from 2004
This area is dominated by two main subjects. 22.5% of PhD graduates in the arts and humanities got their doctorate in history, and 17.3% in English. 8.9% received theology degrees.
Other popular subjects include:
- English literature
The proportion of arts and humanities graduates entering work on graduation was very similar to figures for 2003, with 66 % going into work (see Figure One). There was a sharp increase in those going on to combine study with work - 13.9%, compared to 8.6% in 2003. 4.2% went overseas to work or study, down from 6.2% in 2003. Unemployment was down to 3.6% from 4.5%.
Figure One: Survey responses of UK-domiciled PhD graduates in arts and humanities in 2004
Types of work
465 arts and humanities PhD graduates from 2004 were working six months after graduating. (See Table Two).
The range of occupations was quite narrow, with education dominating - 135 were employed as lecturers, 29.4% of the working total and 70 were working as researchers, equivalent to 15% of the working graduate. A further 22.3% of working arts and humanities graduates were working elsewhere in education jobs. The major non-academic occupation was in management, attracting 7% of arts and humanities graduates.
|Occupation||Number of graduates||Percentage of graduating cohort|
|University and HE lecturers||135||29.4%|
|Others in HE||35||7.5%|
|Further education professionals||25||5.2%|
|Other education professionals||45||9.7%|
|Commercial, industrial and public sector managers||35||7.0%|
|Librarians and archivists||20||3.9%|
Table Two: Types of work of UK-domiciled doctoral degree graduates from 2004 in arts and humanities subjects working in the UK
What do masters graduates do? - first destinations for masters graduates from 2004
What do masters graduates in arts and humanities do? - first destinations from 2004 for masters graduates in arts and humanities
What do graduates do? - first destinations for graduates from first degrees in 2004
What do PhDs do? - destination information on PhD graduates from 2003, hosted by UK Grad.
What do doctoral graduates in biomedical sciences do?
What do doctoral graduates in biological sciences do?
What do doctoral graduates in physical sciences do?
What do doctoral graduates in social sciences do?
back to top