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Careers

Whether your aim is to join academia, engage in other professional research or otherwise put your expertise and research skills to use, your Warwick PhD will give you a competitive edge in the job market. Warwick Philosophy has a good record of placing recent graduates in academic positions and the department has a dedicated placement officer. We also offer career training and skills sessions, such as mock interviews, to students who are about to go on the job market.

Examples of Philosophy PhD graduates’ job titles include:
  • Analyst
  • Lecturer
  • Philosophy Seminar Tutor
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Theory of Knowledge Co-ordinator
  • Trader & Analyst
  • Writer
Organisations where Philosophy PhD graduates work include:
  • University of Warwick
  • St Mary’s University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Sussex
  • Utrecht University
  • National University of Ireland
  • National Institute of Health Research
  • Central Bank of Italy

Alumnus profile

barney

After completing my PhD in Philosophy at Warwick, I was fortunate enough to be employed as a Teaching Fellow in the Philosophy department for a year. As I expected, this was a great experience. Preparing and delivering lectures to undergraduate students widened my knowledge of philosophy, and made me much more confident about giving talks to large groups of people. It was also a privilege to work alongside the academics who taught me at Warwick, who were incredibly supportive during a year which was, at times, very challenging!

The part of the job I enjoyed the most was teaching philosophy to first year students, many of whom had studied little or no philosophy before coming to university. Philosophy is a ‘Marmite’ discipline - some people love it, others find it intimidating or boring - but I was delighted with the way the first year students I taught reacted to it. Many of them were excited to discuss problems that had clearly occurred to them before, (e.g. can we know anything about the external world?) but which they had never before discussed in a formal learning environment, and also by the way the critical rigour of philosophy enables us to make progress with these problems.

- Barney Walker

Teaching Fellow in the Philosophy department at the University of Warwick

PhD Philosophy (2016)