Students of Politics, Religion and Philosophy are able to exploit the employment potential of all three departments: Politics, Theology and Religion and Philosophy. 50% of job vacancies advertised for new and recent graduates don't specify a degree subject, so as a graduate of Politics, Religion and Philosophy you've a vast potential to enter a wide range of careers, including politics, business, law, journalism and teaching, various vocational careers, human resourcing, as well as commerce and industry. Some also decide to pursue postgraduate study.
Viewing each of the elements separately: Employers are well aware of the value of the politics degrees at Birmingham. Politics students have little difficulty in finding interesting jobs in a variety of fields; some in local government and the Civil Service, others in commerce, finance and the law. There are also opportunities in specialist journalism and the media. 90% of Theology and Religious Studies graduates go into work or study within six months of graduation, starting careers with employers including local government, the NHS, charities, churches and faith-based organisations, and commercial companies, in roles as diverse as Development Worker, Policy Researcher, Project Director, Residential Support Worker, Minister and Youth Worker. Philosophy graduates gain the ability to understand complex information, write clearly and effectively, they are skilled in building a case for a particular view, strategy or course of action, respect the views of others even if they disagree with them, and generally think for themselves. Philosophy graduates start careers with employers including Government departments, local councils, charities and companies in many business sectors, in roles as diverse as Assistant Literary Agent, Management Consultant, Marketing Assistant and Programmes Officer.
Graduates of Politics, Religion and Philosophy will be able to combine all the elements of the above, and more: they will be conversant with some of the emergent issues that will become increasingly important in our contemporary age – how the sheer complexity of human life in its multiple contexts and forms might be interpreted in public and private, in society and the workplace, in our homes and institutions.
Developing your career
Employers target University of Birmingham students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
- Careers events - we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
- Global Challenge - you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
- Work experience bursary - we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
- Cultural Internships - our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include:
- Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
- Birmingham REP
- Birmingham Royal Ballet
- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust
- Library of Birmingham.
There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you will need to think about engaging in some extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and network of contacts.
- Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme - our College of Arts and Law undergraduate research scholarship scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project being run by one of our academic researchers. Undergraduate research scholars gain work experience over the summer after their first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
- Personal Skills Award - our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
- Guild of Students - there is a vast number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students, which cover a wide variety of interests.