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91% of leavers in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course. (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19; First Degree responders from Philosophy)*

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 and helping you to secure professional placements, 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.

Graduate destinations include:

Member of Parliament and Government Minister The British Council
GlaxoSmithKline Columbia Records
Price Waterhouse Coopers New Voice Media
Reeds Solicitors Page Personnel Recruitment
Barnardo's Lola Events
Virgin Atlantic Airways NHS
Web design and development Primary and secondary schools
Postgraduate studies Boots
Department of Work and Pensions Pharmaceutical market research
KPMG House of Fraser
Lyons Davidson Solicitors LEWIS Global Communications
Royal Air Force  Grant Thornton UK LLP
 Foreign and Commonwealth Office  Amazon UK
 HMRC  Alexander Mann Solutions for RBS

"I am now a training accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers, which I started immediately after graduating. The skills I learned studying philosophy at Reading helped me to get this job. As part of the interview process I had to undertake logical and verbal reasoning tests, psychometric tests, group exercises, as well as an interview. I learned all of these skills studying philosophy, as well as how to put forward a coherent argument and clarify my thoughts to speak clearly.”


BA Philosophy graduate

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.

"I am now a nurse, and my philosophy degree has proven more relevant to the current world of nursing than I ever could have imagined. The profession – and indeed the NHS – is constantly evolving. The problem-solving skills I developed as a philosophy student have helped me to hit the ground running in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of the NHS.”


BA Philosophy graduate

professional placement year

Our students have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement year in their penultimate year of study by transferring to a 4-year degree. A placement year will allow you to grow your skills, professional network, and confidence, as well as explore your career options. Graduating with a year's worth of experience will help you stand out in a competitive graduate job market and you might even return from your placement year with a job offer from your placement provider.

Find out more about the professional placement year and meet some of our students.

postgraduate study

You will graduate with skills in clear thinking, logical analysis and the critical assessment of argument. These transferable skills are greatly valued in a variety of postgraduate subject areas, and enable you to go onto postgraduate study in areas such as law, politics, teaching, journalism, and nursing. By the end of your undergraduate degree you will have all of the knowledge and abilities required to move on to your postgraduate studies.

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

University of Oxford St Andrews University
University of Cambridge King's College London
Imperial College London University of Reading

SET Yourself apart from other graduates

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

*Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.

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