Careers & Alumni
University of Edinburgh students are a first choice for many employers, and with a degree in philosophy you will be well placed to make the most of your early career.
Key transferable skills
Our programmes are designed to ensure that you have the opportunity to develop key transferable skills, and the University Careers service provides advice tailored to philosophy students on how best to enhance your employability, and to help you develop job search and job application techniques.
If you graduate in Philosophy you should be able to read intelligently and critically, form your own opinion on controversial topics, and express yourself clearly and fluently, both orally and on paper. There are a wide range of careers for which these are the chief skills required.
- We run career drop-in sessions within the School of PPLS, with a careers advisor who specialises in your subject area, every other week. Career sessions can also be booked at the library at any time.
- Careers support for PPLS students - find out how your University Careers Service can support PPLS students, whatever stage you're at in your university career, or career-thinking.
- The Employability Guide for Philosophy Students - a practical guide to use when thinking about how to identify and demonstrate the skills you've developed through your degree, to potential employers.
- Edinburgh University Philosophy Society - get involved - gain exposure to a wide range of philosophic issues from both analytic and continental traditions, and useful for developing and demonstrating your employability too.
- PPLS Careers Blog - a blog written by your University careers adviser to support and engage with PPLS students on anything related to your future after graduation. Themes include career choice, options relating to your subject areas and beyond, gaining experience via semester and vacation opportunities, volunteering, internships, job hunting, further study, applications and interviews, and more. Follow the blog and keep up to date with your future.
- University Careers Service - contact and service information. Help with all career-related issues from year one to graduation and beyond.
We encourage our students to stay in touch to let us know how they are getting on. In fact, every year our Philosophy graduates are invited back to speak to current students and tell them a little about their career.
If you are interested in giving a graduate talk or would just like to let us know how you are getting on please contact the school office:
To find out what some of our graduates are doing now, please view the case studies on our school careers page:
The University has central Alumni Services, which offers access to alumni benefits, events and networks.