Studying for a History and Philosophy degree at Queen’s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international), as they have the proven ability to analyse subjects in depth and develop coherent arguments in written and verbal form. In addition, the subject-matter studied as part of a degree in History and Philosophy is related to a wide range of contemporary issues, which allows graduates to understand the contemporary world in a broader perspective.
Although many of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in teaching, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. They include: accountancy and banking; charities and the voluntary sector; the civil service (administrative grades); the law, libraries and museums; management consultancy; publishing, media and the performing arts.
We work closely with the university’s Careers Service to ensure that our students engage with employability issues in the current, challenging work environment. We also regularly consult and develop links with employers via the Employers’ Fora; their members include senior figures from the NI Civil Service, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the British Council, the Bank of Ireland, Chambre Public Affairs, and the teaching profession.
Students should also take a look at www.prospects.ac.ukfor further information concerning the types of jobs that attract History and Philosophy graduates.
Further academic study is also, of course, an option open to History and Philosophy graduates. Information on Masters programmes (and research topics) is available at the websites of the two participating QUB Schools: see Historyand Philosophy
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their ownpersonal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.