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Careers and Alumni

We're proud of all our War Studies alumni, who work in a range of exciting careers all around the world. 

Our graduates go on to purse roles in a diverse of fields, which include:

  • UK and international governments, particularly Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, 

  • Journalism and media

  • Banking, often in emerging markets or risk analysis, 

  • Research and policy for think-tanks, international organisations such as the EU, UN and NATO and charities and NGOs.

  • Consultancy and strategy for private sector corporations particularly in the field of security and risk analysis, 

  • Academic research and teaching

 War Studies key skills and employability

Studying in the Department of War Studies will provide you with a unique set of knowledge, attributes, skills and experience.  As well as international and regional political and security expertise, you will also gain the skills to analyse and synthesise complex information. You will learn to take an interdisciplinary approach and feel confident dealing with complexity and ambiguity, alongside experience of cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

These are attributes sought by employers from a wide range of industries. War Studies graduates go onto jobs careers and further study in a broad range of areas including, policy, development, consultancy, political risk, finance and international relations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Careers & Employability supports students at all stages of career planning, whether you’re discovering your interests, focusing on a few career ideas, or putting your career plans into action. We host a huge range of employers on campus, run workshops and networking events, create structured and engaging digital learning content, and tailor support to each student with our one-to-one appointments. Panel events like Discover Careers in Security, Discover Careers in Multilateral Organisations and Discover Careers in International Relations offer particular appeal to War Studies students. For a full range of our events and support, check out the Careers & Employability pages. We support students throughout their degree and for two years after graduation.

Careers & Employability pages

Careers & Employability offers a wide variety of tailored support for students from underrepresented groups. We are committed to promoting equality of access to our careers resources, and we work hard to ensure our services and provision is accessible to all regardless of protected characteristics or personal circumstances. Careers & Employability offers longer careers guidance appointments and ringfenced internship positions for students with disabilities. Additionally, undergraduate students from all underrepresented groups have exclusive access to our Careers+ programme. This includes specialised one-to-one guidance and additional employer events.


Our Alumni

Our alumni

Meet our alumni and find out where a degree from the Department of War Studies has taken them

Careers events and resources

Alumni Success Stories

Alexandros Petersen

Alexandros Petersen

Alexandros Petersen (1984-2014) was a distinguished war studies student and the inspiration for the…

Anjuli Shere

Anjuli Shere

Anjuli shares her experience studying an MA in Science & International Security.

Marta Welander

Marta Welander

Alumna Marta Welander in conversation with Professor Mervyn Frost on being Highly Commended for…

Karen Allen

Karen Allen

Karen Allen shares her experience studying an online MA in International Relations and Contemporary…

Lena Schubmann

Lena Schubmann

Alumna Lena Schubmann in conversation with Dr Vinicius de Carvalho on winning the King's…

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