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Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives (BA)

After graduation

Once you have obtained your bachelor’s degree, you will be ready for a next step: continuing your studies or entering the labour market. Completing this Philosophy programme will place you in an excellent position to pursue either option.

Your skills after graduation

After graduating from this bachelor’s programme, you will have received a multidisciplinary, multi-perspective education in Philosophy that is highly relevant for the 21st century.

You will also have acquired these professional skills:

  • critical and analytical reasoning;
  • excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • the ability to systematically process complex issues;
  • working individually or as part of a team;
  • the capacity to work with abstract texts;
  • open mindset;
  • intercultural skills.

These skills are sought after by employers and well as by universities selecting candidates for their master’s programmes.

Your career prospects

Graduates of the programme who want to further their academic education can continue with a master’s programme. Having successfully completed a master’s you will have earned the title Master of Arts (MA), which will significantly increase your chances of finding a position at academic level. 
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Where you find a job afterwards will depend upon your interests, knowledge and skills, and the elective choices that you made during your study. What is certain, however, is that you will be qualified to work in a broad range of sectors.
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Jaap van Diggele

Graduate

Jaap van Diggele

"I work at the Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul, where I’m part of the Syria-team. Right now we’re giving a lot of thought to the post-ISIS era in Syria; once the armies have left, it’s important that there’s a civilian body that can take over. All the problems and political sensitivities that are involved in this process are actually philosophical issues."

"You have to analyse complex problems, carry out research, be able to interpret reports and think up the best solution; it’s one enormous thought experiment that takes all your thinking capacity.  That’s philosophy for me in a nutshell:  first get a clear view of the problem, and then use your insights to deal with it."

Lisanne Stoffer

Graduate

Lisanne Stoffer

“I’ve been taken on by a consultancy firm that advises local authorities on how to handle phenomena such as population shrinkage, problem youths and population ageing. All these are issues for which there are no simple answers, and which we philosophy students are very used to!”

Humanities Career Event

Each year, the Faculty of Humanities organises a Humanities Career Event. This all-day event is your chance to learn everything you can about how to find the job you want and successfully attain it. The event includes workshops on a wide range of topics as well as opportunities to network with alumni and potential employers and attain tips, information and potential job leads. Check out the programme of the 2021 Career Event to get an idea of what such an event involves.

Check out the video of the Humanities Career Event!

Career Service

The Career Service of Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities will be pleased to give you personal advice and guidance about internships and jobs, as well as courses and workshops in career-planning, job applications and interviews. The advisors can also provide contact details for potential employers. Furthermore, an internship coordinator and career advisor will help you match your interests and abilities with suitable internships and career options. You can contact the Student Career Service during your studies or up to six months after you graduate.

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