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What can I do with a degree in Philosophy?

From the point of view of graduate recruiters, philosophy is well-known and well-regarded as a subject, so the range of opportunities is very wide. Recent graduates have progressed into research, consultancy, marketing, local government, human resources, construction management, the IT industry, public relations and the arts.

Given that 94% of all Warwick Graduates end up in either employment or further study, and that 70% of graduate recruiters do not require graduates having a specific degree, perhaps the most important question to ask is not 'What degree will get me a good graduate job?' but 'How can I make the most of my time at Warwick so that I can get the job I want?'

Employers tell us that they like philosophy students because they can:

  • Formulate complex problems
  • Articulate clearly the underlying and complex issues of debates
  • Analyse
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Think clearly in the abstract and construct sound arguments
  • Consider social and ethical issues in a structured way
  • Find and articulate evidence of your skills more effectively than many students
  • Be rigorously logical
  • Influence

What do Philosophy graduates do?

In 2014/15, 93% of philosophy graduates who responded to the survey, and who were available for employment, had secured work or further study.

Examples of Philosophy graduates’ job titles include:

Accounts Manager, Analyst, Asset Management Analyst, Assistant Retail Communications Manager, Associate Consultant, Audit Associate, Chief Face Mask Maker, Civil Servant, Commercial Banking Analyst, Consulting Analyst, Democracy & Development Officer, Embassy Assistant, English Teacher, Financial Services Consultant, Graduate Sales & Marketing Intern, Graduate Solution Architect, HR Associate, Information Analyst, Investment Banking Analyst, Investment Research Analyst, Junior Web Editor, Language Auxiliar, Private Equity Analyst, Project Manager, Referee, Research Consultant, Self-Employer, Strategy Consultant, Tax Consulting Analyst, Testing IT, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Trainee Mortgage Advisor, Volunteer.

Companies and organisations where Philosophy graduates work include:

Accenture, Adapt Childcare Training & Support, Allianz, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Capital Fortune Ltd, Deloitte, EY, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, Goldman Sachs, Lloyds Banking Group, PwC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Singapore Economic Development Board, Teach First, Warwick Students’ Union.

Philosophy graduates go onto the following Masters Programmes:

Continental Philosophy, Economics, Global Governance and Diplomacy, International Technology Management, International Development, Public Policy, Global Health, Magazine Journalism, Political Economy of Europe.

…at Warwick and other leading universities in the UK, Europe, North America and throughout the world.

For more information, visit Warwick Student Careers & Skills.

You can also read more about how to prepare for the job market and get tips for interviews, improving your CV, and application guidance through the Warwick Careers Blog.

Alumni profile

"Upon graduation, I started my own philosophy and science fiction blog to combine my love of both subjects and to continue my interest in my degree topic. This writing experience contributed to my getting a marketing and PR internship with a chocolate-making events company based in London, where my writing and analytical abilities developed through my philosophy degree were invaluable.

Following this, I undertook some work experience at a publishing house in Bath, where my critical and writing abilities were utilised and strengthened by my proof-reading and product review work; in particular as I was reviewing science-fiction products and ideas which linked in fantastically with my blog. I then began a marketing internship at SEA LIFE in Birmingham through the Warwick Graduate Internship scheme, which led to a further temporary position at the attraction, after which I was interviewed and given the job of Marketing Co-ordinator for the Merlin Entertainments Manchester Cluster (SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre).

Getting a job with Merlin was a dream come true, but I couldn’t have done it without the skills I developed from philosophy. My philosophy blog, developed in reflection on my time at Warwick, has impressed at every job interview since graduating and I am proud to say I was inspired by my metaphysics lectures and dissertation, as well as my fellow students.

Moreover, the critical thinking that philosophy induces in students has been a crucial trait in my professional development, encouraging an eye for detail which has led me to produce work of a high quality – which perhaps explains why philosophy graduates are some of the most sought after graduates in the country."

- Sarah Brown, BA Philosophy 2012