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 62 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 49%

Destinations

Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 52%
Self-employment/freelancing 3%
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 21%
Taking time out to travel 3%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 8%
Doing something else 7%

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
Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy 4
General secondary education 4
Other social work activities 2
Museums activities 2
Other sectors (15 sectors) 17

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • PwC
  • Santander Bank
  • Cambridge Science Centre
  • Ecotricity
  • University of Bristol Students' Union

Examples of occupations

  • Senior Associate
  • Support Worker
  • Commercial Executive
  • Corporate and Investment Banking Analyst
  • Paralegal/Researcher

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)

9%

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

61%

Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)

4%

Professional qualification

13%

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

0%
Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 9%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 4%

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