Graduates celebrating

Career prospects

What can you do with a philosophy degree?

Studying Philosophy develops skills highly sought after by employers: analytical and critical thinking; constructing and defending a coherent argument; grasping complex ideas, and creatively imagining alternative possibilities. 

What opportunities are there?

Our Philosophy graduates have gone on to a range of careers including: central and local government, charities, finance, IT management, media and private sector management. More information on opportunities for Philosophy graduates can be found on the Prospects website.

Around 30% of our recent graduates have gone on to further academic study or professional training in areas including law and journalism. 

Advice for current students‌‌‌

Overall, I would say that studying philosophy teaches you to think carefully and precisely, a quality I’m sure most employers value highly.

Alan, Philosophy graduate

Dr Helen Yetter-Chappell is the Department’s careers liaison officer, organising and promoting events for current students. Helen says:

"It’s never too early to think about what you might want to do after your degree, and the sooner you start, the less daunting the whole process is! Studying Philosophy develops skills that employers value: critical thinking; effective communication; the ability to analyse complex problems and to find creative and innovative solutions."