Within the Department of Philosophy, all of our modules are designed to give you important skills that transfer to the workplace. Studying your degree programme will not only improve your grasp of philosophy, but teach you how to critically evaluate ideas, think through problems and clearly communicate even complex material.

We offer opportunities to discuss and defend your ideas, to give oral presentations, to work both individually and as part of a group, all of which will equip you with useful instruments for your future careers, whatever they may be.

The Year Abroad option on our Philosophy degree can be used to gain additional experience valued by employers - independence, confidence and initiative - gained from living for an extended period of time overseas.

Philosophy students move into a variety of careers after graduating including teaching, publishing, journalism, marketing, the media and the legal profession. Recent examples of further study include the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and PhDs in various subjects.

Alumni profiles

Alexandra Easton

Philosophy and Drama BA - Graduated 2008

Alexandra Easton

Alexandra Easton
Philosophy and Drama BA

Transmission Controller BSkyB

Describe your career path since leaving Kent:
I did a MSc at Oxford Brookes University in Digital Media Production following my degree.
I found a job soon after finishing in a small broadcasting company in London as a General Assistant. Moved into other departments before getting my job at Sky 2 years ago.

Describe a typical day in your current role
12 hour day/night shifts monitoring and preparing scheduled content for TV transmission.
I make sure the live output goes out successfully.

How did your degree course lay the foundations for your chosen career path?
It gave me the chance to think creatively.

What are your future plans/aspirations?
To stay at BskyB for a while but possibly move into another job area altogether, but not sure what yet!

Why did you choose to study at the University of Kent?
Because it gave me the chance to do the course I wanted

What advice would you give to someone thinking of coming to Kent?
Take in every opportunity


Freddie Ryder

Philosophy BA

Senior Teacher / Examiner / Property Developer / Entrepeneur - English in Action / London House School / Self Employed

Describe your career path since leaving Kent
I very much loved my time at Kent but I never had any real career plans. After graduating I did a secondary PGCE. After a challenging year of supply teaching I moved into TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language). This move and the nature of work (often short term contract based) allowed me the flexibility to pursue my other interests namely property development, business and writing. I now work as a Senior Teacher managing teams of teachers oversees as well as teaching in the UK. I have taught all over Europe and as far afield as Azerbaijan. I also work as an examiner marking GCSE and A-level papers. When I’m not teaching or examining I manage my small property portfolio and I am also in the process of turning my hobby into a business - promoting my late grandfathers artwork and marketing it as art (greetings) cards.

Describe a typical day in your current role
As I split my time between Kent and Europe my typical day varies hugely. When in Europe I wake up around 7am, before I enjoy a hotel breakfast at about 7.30am. The school day starts early at around 8am but usually finishes by 1. I hold a short meeting at the end of the day and then I’m free to explore the town or city. In the UK I wake up much later at around 10am. I then make tea and have breakfast before getting to work on business from home. This does vary day to day but usually involves spending a lot of time on the internet doing research, working on the website and updating social media.  

How did your degree course lay the foundations for your chosen career path?
Philosophy essentially taught me how to think clearly, critically and logically. It taught me to question everything, particularly in terms of assumptions, and to challenge conventional reasoning. These critical thinking skills have been invaluable and applicable to every aspect of my life. They trained me to see the bigger picture and not to be afraid of pursuing an unconventional career path. 

What are your future plans/aspirations?
In the future I plan to develop my business ideas whilst still spending time teaching in Europe. I would very much like to develop the online part of the business to this end. I would also like to take on interns/staff from the early stages to help move the business forward in several directions as well as to give offer opportunities to young people.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Kent?
I initially chose Kent for the excellent rating and reputation of its Philosophy course and department. When I came to visit the university on an open day I immediately fell in love with place, its welcoming feel and beautiful open campus.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of coming to Kent?
Come to Kent and see it for yourself; experience the huge open campus and the beautiful historical city of Canterbury. Kent offers a plethora of opportunities for extra curricula activities and the perfect place to study at a top rated university in the heart of the garden of England. I cannot recommend it highly enough.




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Last Updated: 19/01/2016