Department of Philosophy


Careers for philosophy graduates

The University of Nottingham has one of the best records for graduate employment in the country and is held in the highest regard by recruiters from many top companies.

A degree in philosophy will equip you with key transferable skills, graduates are highly adept at:

  • analytical reasoning
  • developing and presenting ideas
  • constructive discussion
  • articulating complex arguments and lines of reasoning

Graduate profiles

Employers talk about the skills Arts students can gain from studying a subject that they love and how these can benefit them in the future.

Press release: The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers. (High Fliers Research 2013, 2014 and 2015.)


Faculty of Arts Careers and Employability Service

The University's Careers and Employability Service have a dedicated Faculty of Arts team.

They offer you support and guidance throughout your studies which can greatly assist in the transition to the next stage of your career after graduation.

Our dedicated team has specialised knowledge of the career fields popular with students in the School of Humanities.

Services on offer include:

  • Careers advice
  • CV reviews
  • Drop-in sessions
  • Graduate job fairs
  • Latest vacancies listings
Faculty of Arts Careers team
Our dedicated Faculty of Arts Careers and Employability team.


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Second year History student, Laurence Britton, introduces the Careers and Employability Service. 

Careers skills and work experience

There are a wide range of opportunities to gain vital work and practical skills to complement your studies, and give you an edge with your CV.

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers undergraduate students over 150 modules to develop extracurricular interests – including volunteering and entrepreneurship - and personalise career development. Completed modules will be added to your degree transcript and, if you finish the full 30-credit Award, you will receive a completion certificate.

The Award helps provide the vision to achieve your goals as well as give you the opportunity to stand out and offer recognition for your commitment. You can include Award activities on your CV as evidence that you have been involved in various projects at university and it is widely recognised by employers. 

Other opportunities include:

  • Peer mentoring: Helps new students settle into the department and get to know the other students in the years above. 
  • Volunteering: Community based opportunities to suit your interests and career aspirations. 
  • Teacher Associate Scheme: Work alongside an established classroom teacher to offer support in a school or college.
  • Study abroad: Broaden your horizons, experience different cultures, meet new people and enhance your career prospects.
  • Part-time and vacation work: A range of paid opportunities to gain vital work experience.

I have been involved with IntoUniversity, which works in partnership with the University to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds aspire to higher education. I have been able to help students both academically and emotionally through academic support sessions and mentoring.  


Aminah Javed, BA Philosophy and Theology (second year)

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Department of Philosophy

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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