Studying for a Politics 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. Transferable skills such as team-working, analytical understanding, debating and presentation skills, and, increasingly, information technology and communication skills are embedded in the curriculum. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
- Publishing, Broadcasting
- Media, Journalism
- Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising
- Education, Librarianship
- Civil Service
- Academic and research
- Politics as elected representatives at regional, national and European levels
Employer Links – Consultations:We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers (including the Northern Bank, Price Waterhouse Coopers, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, a range of government departments based at Stormont and the BBC). A number of employers form part of our active and engaged Employers Forum. The members of this panel advise staff in incorporating employability skills in the development of our degree programmes and in helping prepare our students for the world of work. They also contribute to advisory sessions for students on careers and employability.
As part of their programme of study all students who are undertaking the BA Philosophy and Politics degree can apply to undertake our Internship scheme in level 3. All interns are placed with an employer for three days each week during the course of one semester. The employers comprise all government departments at Stormont (with the exception of Justice), the North-South Ministerial Council, consultancy groups, the BBC and the voluntary sector. Students are expected to complete a learning journal of their time on placement and to produce a 12,000 word project that relates directly to the placement.
Graduate Careers and Achievements: Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:
- Margaret Ritchie, former leader of the SDLP
- Stephen Farry, Minister for Education and Learning
- Alistair Ross, DUP MLA
- Meagan Fearon, Sinn Fein MLA
- William Crawley, journalist and broadcaster
Studentsshould also take a look at the Prospects websitefor further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Philosophy and Politics graduates.
Further study is also an option open to our graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics.
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 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 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.