What to do with a philosophy degree

Explore the careers you might be interested in going into after studying a philosophy degree.

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What can you do with a philosophy degree

Philosophy degrees help prepare you for your future career by teaching you to work independently and may help you develop your analysis and research skills. Find out more about our courses and course content.

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What jobs can you get with a philosophy degree

Jobs may include, but are not limited to: 

  • advertising executive
  • civil service officer
  • communications officer
  • local government officer
  • marketing executive
  • public relations officer
  • [roles in] politics 
  • [roles in] publishing
  • school teacher. 

If you haven't studied a degree yet, and you're considering a philosophy course, you may want to browse our:

What can you do with a Masters in philosophy

You might want to pursue a career in any of the above jobs. Or you could think about continuing your education further. At Sussex, we offer research (PhD) degrees in philosophy.

You may then be able to go into an academic career, including roles such as:

  • researcher
  • higher education lecturer 
  • professor. 

For more information about careers after an philosophy degree, see website Prospects

If you're a current Sussex student, see more advice from our careers section.


You may develop skills including:

  • attention to detail 
  • research
  • written communication
  • self confidence
  • flexibility (such as adapting your research and working iteratively)
  • teamwork. 

At Sussex, you can further develop your study skills by signing up for a range of workshops, tutorials and online resources.

Work experience and placements

You can gain work experience by doing a placement with an organisation. 

At Sussex, during your degree, you can choose to apply for one of the below: 

  • a professional placement
  • an integrated placement if it is a requirement for a course.

This may help you gain skills and work experience before you graduate. Find out more about placements and internships at Sussex

You might also want to look for work experience opportunities in your own time at:

  • charities
  • the civil service
  • local government
  • marketing agencies
  • public relations agencies
  • secondary schools, colleges or universities.

What do philosophy graduates do

Recent graduates from the Department of Philosophy at Sussex have secured jobs including:

  • communications coordinator, Fabrica Gallery
  • youth worker, YMCA
  • business development executive, Clarify.

(Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017)