Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the School.
Undertaking postgraduate work fosters many vital skills and may offer a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows students to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of fields.
The course also provides the theoretical training required for progression to a research degree in philosophy or to pursue a career as a professional philosopher. A postgraduate degree from The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that students are academically able, well-motivated and hard-working, and are therefore capable to undertake any further form of career-specific training.
Average starting salary and career progression
According to independent research, Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and over 2,000 employers approach the University every year with a view to recruiting our students.
In 2016, 96% of postgraduates from the School of Humanities who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,370 with the highest being £30,000.**
* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.
**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career Prospects and Employability
The acquisition of a master’s degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, or as preparation for further academic research, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.