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 and BSc)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 93 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 72.7%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 47%
Part-time work 14%
Due to start work 1%
Full-time study 14%
Part-time study 1%
Travel 6%
Something else 1%
Unemployed 15%

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
Hospitality 9
Education 6
Finance and insurance 5
Wholesale and retail 5
Publishing and printing 3
Other sectors (13 sectors) 20

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Civil Service
  • Invictus Analytics and Strategy
  • Aon
  • Vervant Media
  • RBS

Examples of occupations

  • Civil Servant
  • Analyst
  • Aon Insurance Graduate Scheme
  • Reporter
  • Contractor

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 typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 0
Postgraduate taught degree 10
Postgraduate certificate 0
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 1
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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