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.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you will need to think about engaging in some extra-curricular activities while you're at university to broaden your skills and your network of contacts. This can include the many societies at the Guild of Students and also the many voluntary opportunities offered with local arts organisations. 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.
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 the College's 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.
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 are a unique opportunity to learn fundamental, transferable business and interpersonal skills, through experience of real work in an established cultural institution. Our current partners include Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and the Library of Birmingham. We have plans to expand the scheme to include our own major cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. This scheme will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market.
We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.
Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.