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Skills in analysis, creative problem solving and clear communication are essential to Philosophy, and these are all attributes valued by employers. 

During your course you will engage with social, political, cultural, ethical and value issues, giving you insight into diverse contemporary problems and directly applying your skills to issues the world faces. Researching and responding to other people's work and views will give you essential skills for the workplace. You'll work individually and in collaboration with others, building essential analysis and team-working skills.

Philosophy graduates are equipped to enter a variety of jobs from health service management to banking, from tourism to government. Some continue in academic study and research, or take professional or vocational training to prepare for careers in, for example, education or law.

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Graduate success

94.3% of York graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17 (HESA) (Full-time UK students)

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to succeed in a wide range of careers including:

  • central and local government
  • charities
  • education
  • finance and management
  • HR 
  • IT
  • media

Transferable skills

You'll gain a range of skills that will help you to succeed no matter what career path you follow:

  • analytical and critical thinking
  • creative problem solving
  • grasping complex ideas
  • research
  • communication and presentation
  • constructing and defending a coherent argument

York Futures

York Futures is the University's unique employability programme. From day one, you'll have access to excellent careers advice, opportunities and resources. We'll support you to identify and develop your strengths and build a portfolio of valuable skills to help you stand out from the crowd and shape your career.

Contact us

Dr Chris Jay
Admissions Tutor
(+44) 01904 323251