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 63 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 46.3%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 62%
Self-employment/freelancing 2%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 3%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 2%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 17%
Taking time out to travel 8%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 3%
Doing something else 3%

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
Performing arts 2
Primary education 2
General secondary education 2
Other sectors (17 sectors) 17

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Office for Students
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • Institute for Global Change

Examples of occupations

  • Audit Assistant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Access and Participation Officer
  • Brand Executive
  • Content Marketing Executive

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%

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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