Philosophy graduate destinations

On graduating, Bristol Philosophy students are able to demonstrate numerous skills that many employers recognise and need for their organisations. These include the ability to conduct in-depth analysis, the communication of complex material, flexibility of thought, and the presentation of arguments in a coherent and compelling manner.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Philosophy courses (BA, BSc and MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 27 UK graduates from 2019/20; this is a response rate of 36%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 44.4%
Self-employment/freelancing 3.7%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 7%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 37%
Taking time out to travel 3%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 14.8%
Doing something else 0%

Sector information

The transferable skills gained during their studies mean that many Philosophy graduates choose to enter careers that do not require a specific degree; around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Real estate agencies 2
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet 1
Activities of religious organizations 1
Information technology consultancy activities 1
Other sectors (7 sectors) 8

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Hargreaves Lansdown
  • Kubrick Group

Examples of occupations

  • Data Consultant
  • Investment Helpdesk Consultant
  • Ministry Assistant
  • Production Assistant

Further study

The following subject areas for futher study are consistently favoured by our Philosophy graduates: Law, e.g. Law (MA); International Relations, e.g. International Studies and Diplomacy (MA); Management, e.g. Management (MSc); Philosophy, e.g. Philosophy (MA); and Journalism, e.g. News Journalism (MA).

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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