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Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Careers and Employability

These impressive statistics result from Durham's worldwide academic reputation. They also show the effectiveness of our unique college structure.

What you achieve academically and experience as a person whilst at Durham will say a lot about you in the future. One of the main reasons for our system of colleges and college mentors is to equip our students with adaptable and marketable workplace skills.

The opportunities we provide to become involved in committees, clubs and societies and to be active in voluntary or paid work experience will help you develop an enviable set of professional techniques enabling you to be more successful in the graduate job market. Your Durham University experiences will help you build up skills in teamworking, problem-solving, communication, negotiation and leadership. These are all qualities highly valued by regional, national and international employers who know that a degree combined with a unique Durham life experience is just what they need from graduates that they recruit.

Of students that left in 2016:

- 92% are in employment of further study six months after graduating

Of those in employment:

- 87% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £27,808

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2015/16 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here:

Recent PPE graduates have found success in a range of careers, including: law, banking and finance; and government, in companies such as:

  • BT
  • Department of Works and Pensions
  • Deutsche Bank
  • EDF Energy
  • Fallon UK Ltd
  • Goldman Sachs International
  • Government Olympic Committee
  • HSBC
  • IP Recruitment
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers  
  • Royal Navy
  • The Roundhouse