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What do Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method graduates do?

In 2012/13, 97% of undergraduate leavers and 90% of postgraduate leavers from the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method were in employment, or completing further study just six months after graduation - one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the School.

Previous Philosophy graduates have found work in:

  • higher education (research and teaching)
  • the media
  • management consultancy
  • banking and other financial services
  • local and national government

The average starting salary of undergraduates from the Philosophy department in 2011/12 was £23,200 and for postgraduates £35,600

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Philosophy degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course|.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Ashley Kelmore

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MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy, 2010Response Planning Manager, Public Health Seattle & King County

James Probert

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BA Philosophy, 2002Programme and Service Director, City Year London

Mia Hulla

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BSc Philosophy & Economics, 2011Analyst, FX German and Southern European, Morgan Stanley

Patrick Jones

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BSc Philosophy & Economics, 2009Associate, Nomura

Rushabh Ranavat

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BSc Philosophy & Economics, 2010Associate, McKinsey & Company

Sophie Mallet

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BSc Philosophy and Economics, 2003Associate, Morgan Stanley

Employability skills

Philosophy is respected as an especially challenging subject that combines the precision and analytical rigour of the natural and social sciences with the communication skills and creativity emphasised in the humanities and the arts. As a result, philosophy graduates are equipped with skills that make them attractive to a large number of diverse employers. In particular, Philosophy provides an excellent preparation for any career area that particularly values critical thinking; analytical skills and research abilities.

Specific skills gained from studying Philosophy at LSE include:

  • The ability to understand the logical structure of complex problems
  • The ability to employ detailed argument to support or criticise generalisations about a subject
  • Readiness to view unfamiliar ideas with an open mind
  • The ability to absorb and sift complex data and to develop and advance complex arguments in speech and writing
  • The ability to conceive, research and write an extended project
  • Confidence to challenge established views
  • Ability to be reflexive (self awareness and self criticism) and appreciate alternative perspectives and positions
  • Ability to analyse problems in a multi-dimensional way

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