A philosophy degree provides intellectual skills in literacy and numeracy fit for a lifetime, through training in reasoning about complex issues at the foundation of all understanding and of all practical affairs. Students learn to think clearly and to express themselves with exactness. Philosophy graduates go into an unlimited range of occupations in the public and private sectors, including the civil service, local government, the media, policy analysis, the voluntary sector, teaching, journalism, business, marketing and advertising.
Some graduates build on the degree by undertaking postgraduate training in fields such as law, social science research and teaching. Tailored careers advice and study guidance is available to all students throughout their time at Queen’s.
The following is a list of some recent careers/study destinations of our students:
- International House (TEFL teaching)
- Queen’s University Belfast
- Southern Health and Social Care Trust
- Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service
- 3 Mobile
- Hotel du Vin
- Northern Ireland Civil Service
- RPS Belfast
- Bradford and Bingley
- St Andrews University (MA in Philosophy)
- Edinburgh University (MA in Philosophy)
- York University (Law Conversion)
Employer Links: Consultations
We have an active and engaged Employers Forum, which is used to foster collaboration between ourselves and employers and to inform related activity, such as the format, content and structure of our educational provision, with the ultimate aim of enhancing the employability of our graduates. The Employer’s Forum meets 2-3 times per academic year. In addition to PISP and QUB staff, its membership includes employers from both public and private sector organizations, including Equality Commission for NI, Northern Bank, Deloitte, Stratagem NI, NI Local Government Association PricewaterhouseCoopers, MCE Public Relations, Department of Employment and Learning NI and Stratagem NI.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Many of the School’s former graduates have risen to the top of their fields, for example:
- Dr William Crawley, BBC broadcaster and journalist
- Professor Philip Pettit, Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University
- Francis Campbell, UK Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan
Further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Philosophy graduates can be found with relevant pages on the Prospects websiteand the Higher Education Academywebsite.
For those wishing to pursue further study after their first degree, the School provides a range of MA programmes, each of which can be taken either full-time in one year or part-time over two years. The MA programmes, each of which consists of four taught courses and a dissertation, are: Political Philosophy; Politics; Irish Politics; Comparative Ethnic Conflict; International Politics; Violence, Terrorism and Security; European Integration and Public Policy; Gender and Society. There are also opportunities to do an MRes in Politics, and an MPhil or PhDby thesis.
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 Plusinitiative, 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 own, personal 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 Plus in 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.