Department of Philosophy

Careers - Philosophy

A degree in philosophy equips you with a broad set of transferable skills sought by most employers.

You will develop the ability to:

  • read critically, think independently, discuss constructively
  • articulate complex arguments and lines of reasoning
  • form judgements from conflicting evidence
  • carry out sustained independent research
  • manage your time and work to strict deadlines.

Dr Andrew Fisher, Associate Professor in Philosophy, discusses the benefits of studying an Arts degree and the careers help available.

Jennifer Moles
I was headhunted for a role as a recruitment consultant shortly after graduating and have since trained to be a barrister. Philosophy definitely helped my written and oral advocacy – I am able to argue my point very successfully in mock trials!

Jennifer Moles, BA Philosophy


Typical careers

Our graduates go on to many different sectors including:

  • business and finance
  • commercial, industrial and public sector management and marketing
  • sales and advertising

Successful graduates

See what some of our ex-students say about their time here.

Graduate profiles


Careers and employability advice

We offer specialist advice from subject-specific careers experts.

Careers and Employability Service

Experience counts

We help you gain valuable skills and enhance your CV while you study.

Work experience



Further study


The independent view

We’re consistently one of the top choices for graduate recruitment among UK employers in the annual High Fliers report.


University of the Year 2017 Graduate Employment 



Department of Philosophy

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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