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Durham University

Department of Philosophy

Career Options and Employabilty

The study of Philosophy at Masters level equips graduates with skills in critical thinking, logical analysis and the clear communication of complex information that make them much sought after in many profession al walks of life. Our research-led teaching ensures that they are not only well informed about the latest developments in Philosophy but also competent researchers in their own right, able to think for themselves and tackle problems imaginatively. Philosophy at Durham is not an 'ivory tower' subject and students are taught to relate theory to practice and see the relevance of their studies to everyday life. Our broad programmes cover all major areas of Philosophy and help graduates to apply philosophical techniques to real-world problems. The Masters dissertation provides an excellent opportunity to put the final edge on their analytical, research and presentational skills. In the 2012 Complete University Guide, Durham Philosophy graduates rank joint-second in the UK for 'graduate prospects.


“I think my career demonstrates the versatility of this degree. The research skills I developed were immediately helpful in my work in the library, and in the longer term I know that being able to think analytically and write clearly has been highly valued by my employers, leading me to be offered more responsibility such as project management roles. I also really enjoyed my time at Durham which is one reason why I am coming back to the North-East to work; so Durham University certainly has been important in my life!”

Helen Curry, MA Philosophy, Associate at PwC  

Examples of further study

Further study beyond the MA is also popular. Some go on to complete doctorates in related fields of study at Durham and other leading universities including York and Manchester.

Career development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the Philosophy Department. Careers Centre staff deliver presentations and workshops to each year group on topics relevant to that stage of their academic career. Many master's students attend our annual 'Making the Most of your Masters' conference where they develop an awareness of the crucial employability skills in employer lead sessions. PhD students also have access to a specialist Careers Consultant who can help them with any career related issues.

Career opportunities

Durham University MA Philosophy graduates enter a wide range of career areas. These have recently included:

Content Production Manager (Edexcel Ltd)

Data Analyst (UK Political Party)

Research Assistant (Durham University)

Parliamentry Intern (UK Parliament)

Multi Disciplinary Team Coordinator (Royal Barkshire Hospital)


“Durham is a key target University for us because the quality and calibre of graduates is extremely high. As a result we benefit from recruiting many graduates and interns from Durham University each year.”

Annabel Nichols, UKI Recruitment Director, Accenture