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    Use your master's degree to secure a career in your chosen field


Philosophy develops creative, brilliant thinkers whose knowledge and expertise can be applied to a wide range of professional industries.

We're passionate about helping you achieve the career you want. As well as encouraging you to develop key skills and competencies throughout your degree, our friendly staff are on hand to offer advice and guidance on where a philosophy degree could lead you.

a diverse range of career options

Philosophy graduates have gone onto secure careers in fields as diverse as law, publishing, business, management, government and politics. Whether you have a set career path in mind, or would like to be prepared to enter a variety of sectors, a degree in philosophy can give you an excellent grounding.

Examples of graduate destinations include:

University of Cambridge International Examinations Cato Institute
Goldsmiths, University of London University of Southampton
Royal Air Force Arena International Events Group
University of Bristol Pythagoras Communications
Wiltshire Council University of London
SEGA - Microsoft Ford Motor Co.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Foster Wheeler
Political Intelligence TNS Global Market Research
Primary and secondary schools Oxford Brookes University

transferable skills

A philosophy degree will allow you to develop and hone a broad range of skills which are credible and valuable across a wide range of careers. Amongst others, you can expect to learn how to:

  • communicate ideas clearly and precisely
  • think clearly in the abstract
  • consider social and ethical issues in a structured way
  • formulate complex problems
  • build a sound case for your views
  • criticise arguments effectively
  • engage in productive debate
  • develop high-quality literacy skills.

guest speakers

We run a regular seminar programme which invites visiting speakers to the university. These speakers include eminent philosophers, such as A.C. Grayling, Helen Beebee, Julian Baggini and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, who come from all around the world, as well as alumni who are now in a range of jobs. These seminars offer students the chance to network, to be inspired, and to find out how past students have entered various professions since graduating.

launch your doctoral career

A master's degree builds on the skills which you develop as an undergraduate, and introduces you to a new vista of research skills and independent study. By the end of it you will have all of the knowledge and abilities required to move onto doctoral studies.

Our graduates have gone onto doctoral study at a variety of institutions, including:

University of Reading Cardiff University
University of Southampton  Durham University
University of Edinburgh University of Leeds

"After my master's degree, I stayed at Reading to do my PhD in Philosophy because I was enjoying my research so much and wanted to explore questions about moral obligations and fairness in much greater depth. I loved leading undergraduate seminar classes as part of my PhD studies, and now I work as a Teaching Fellow at Warwick University, where I get to combine my love of teaching with continuing my research.”


BA, MRes and PhD in Philosophy graduate


SET Yourself apart from other graduates

Philosophy graduates have entered a wide range of exciting, rewarding and prestigious careers. Discover what doors your degree could open.

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