BPhil Alumni Information

The BPhil is Oxford’s flagship two-year Masters course. It is regarded both as a training for doctoral programmes, and a basis for teaching a range of philosophical subjects. This page provides information on what graduates of the BPhil have gone on to.

26 students graduated from the BPhil in Philosophy in 2017 and 4 students graduated from the BPhil in Philosophy in February 2018

Progressed to doctoral studies in philosophy: 14
Other: 10
Unknown: 7

Jon Andersson - TBC

Rhys Borchert is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Arizona (from August 2017)

Ihsaan Faisal is currently travelling and will begin the Bank of England graduate programme from September 2018.

Juliana Gomez Puerta is currently volunteering at Polygeia, co-editing one of the projects to develop a Mental Health Recovery and Wellbeing Plan for young people for the charity Mind UK and is also a voluntary researcher for Kids Club Kampala, carrying out a project on Early Childhood Development. She is also currently applying for Masters Programmes in Public Health to begin in September 2018.

Sally Harding - TBC

Samuel Heal-Cohen - TBC

Nathaniel Helms is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2018)

Maximilian Kiener is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2017)

Benjamin Koons is currently working on special projects at the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin, Texas. He will begin studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Yale University from August 2018.

Benjamin Lange is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2017)

Caleb Layton - TBC

Joseph Liotta is currently working as a Software Engineer for EarnUp, a financial technology startup in San Francisco (from February 2018)

Lisa* left Oxford due to mental health issues. She is now working at a social impact venture fund in her home country, supporting entrepreneurs in building mental health initiatives and improving social integration and inclusion.

August Ludwigs is currently working as a Pricing Analyst for the Automobile Association (from July 2017)

Chenxuan (Aileen) Luo is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Stanford University (from September 2017)

Emily Massey is currently studying for a JD at Harvard Law School (from August 2017)

Lucy McDonald is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (from October 2017)

Sean McIntosh - TBC

Matthew McMillan is currently studying for a PhD in Mathematics at University of California, Los Angeles (from September 2017)

James Milford is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2017)

Lilith Newton will be studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh from September 2018.

Gary O'Brien - TBC

Fergus Peace is a Researcher at Global Future, a migration policy thinktank in London. He previously wrote about immigration for the Financial Times and Apolitical, and has worked in policy roles for the Australian Civil Service and Universities UK.

Alexander Siantonas - TBC

Collis Tahzib, the winner of the 2017 Gilbert Ryle Prize for outstanding achievement in the BPhil Examination, is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2017)

Michael Thorne is currently working for Network Homes Housing Association in London, as part of the Charityworks social sector graduate scheme (from September 2017).

Wim Vanrie is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Ghent University.

Thomas Walton is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2017)

Marissa Willis is due to have an article based on her thesis published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism in spring 2019. She is currently applying for PhD programmes to begin in September 2019.

Julia Wolf is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (from August 2017)

Nadja-Mira Yolcu carried out an Internship at Bertelsmann Foundation, Gutersloh Germany from September 2017 to December 2017. She is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Mannheim (from July 2018)

*The student has requested to stay anonymous for privacy reasons

Information last updated March 2018

18 students graduated from the BPhil in Philosophy in 2016

Progressed to doctoral studies in philosophy: 13
Other: 5
Unknown: 1

Dominik Berger is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (from September 2016)

C’Zar Bernstein will be studying for a JD in Constitutional Law at the George Washington University Law School (from September 2017)

Joe Bowen is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews (from September 2016)

Ben Brast-McKie is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2016)

Karamvir Chadha is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (from September 2016)

Pieter Fritschy is currently working as an Associate at the Dutch law firm NautaDutilh.

Mark Gatten is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Toronto (from September 2016)  

Cate Gibson is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2016)

Tanya Goodchild

Kacper Kowalczyk is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2016)

Amy Levine is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Chicago (from September 2016)

Annina Loets is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2016)

Alex Lupsaiu is currently working in politics and is looking to apply to Law School in the future.

Lukas Meier is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews (from September 2016)

Matt Oliver progressed to the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in September 2016, which he completed in August 2018. He is currently studying for a JD in Law at Yale University (from August 2018)

Henry Phipps is currently working as a Graduate Fellow at the Carfax Education Group.

Michael Prinzing worked as a part time Lecturer in Philosophy at UCLA (September 2016 - July 2017). He is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (from August 2017)

James Read, the winner of the 2016 Gilbert Ryle Prize for outstanding achievement in the BPhil Examination, progressed to the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in September 2016, which he completed in December 2018. He is currently an Associate Professor in Philosophy and Tutorial Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Oxford (from October 2018)

Information last updated March 2018

34 students graduated from the BPhil in Philosophy in 2015

Progressed to doctoral studies in philosophy: 27
Other: 6
Unknown: 1

Ole Andreassen is currently working as a Project Manager at CIL Management Consultants where he provides strategic advice to a variety of UK and international businesses. 

Chris Blake-Turner is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (from September 2015). He was awarded their Richard Brooke Fellowship, which is a university-wide competition for graduates from the UK. 

Laura Callahan (née Goins) is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Rutgers University (from September 2015) 

Sam Carter, joint winner of the 2015 Gilbert Ryle Prize for outstanding achievement in the BPhil Examination, is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Rutgers University (from September 2015) 

Anna Comboni qualified as a Social Worker though the Frontline graduate scheme (from 2015 - 2016). She then worked as a Social Worker in a Child Protection team in South West London for two years (from September 2016). She is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at City University (from September 2018)

Michael Deigan is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Yale University (from September 2015)

Joanna Demaree-Cotton is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Yale University (from September 2015) 

Mark Fiddaman is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2015)

Christopher Fowles is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2015)

Steven Gubka is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin (from September 2015) 

Samuel Hughes is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (from September 2015) 

Shr-Jie Jian is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2015)

Adam B. Kern is currently studying for a joint PhD in Politics at Princeton University and JD at New York University (from September 2015) 

James Kirkpatrick is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2015)

Daniel Kranzelbinder is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Princeton University (from September 2015)

Jessica Laimann is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bristol (from September 2015)

Hannah Laurens is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews (from September 2016)

Maxime Lepoutre progressed to a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge in September 2015, which he completed in 2018. He has accepted a job offer for a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowship in Politics at the University of Oxford (from September 2018)

Adam Lovett is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at New York University (from September 2015) 

James Matharu is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2015)

Yourai Mol worked as an Intern at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (September 2015 - March 2016). He is currently working as a Consultant at Andersson Elffers Felix (from May 2016)

Jake Nebel, joint winner of the 2015 Gilbert Ryle Prize for outstanding achievement in the BPhil Examination, is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at New York University (from September 2015)

Benjamin Paget-Woods is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Southampton (from September 2016)

Ketan Ramakrishnan is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2017)

Jacob Reynolds worked as a Consultant and Project Manager for the SHM Group (September 2015 - June 2018). He is now the Partnerships Manager for the Academy of Ideas, a non profit organisation committed to creating spaces for robust public debate. It organises the Battle of Ideas, a weekend festival of debate and discussion every year at the Barbican in London, and has also launched: the Debating Matters, a sixth form debating competition for 'substance over style'; The Academy, a residential educational retreat for all ages demonstrating 'university as it should be'; Living Freedom, a resident summer school for 18-25 year olds to interrogate intellectual challenges and opportunities for great freedom in society; and a number of other initiatives. 

Alex Roberts is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2015)

Katie Robertson is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (from September 2015) 

Ezra Rubenstein is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Rutgers University (from September 2016).

Trevor Teitel is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at New York University (from September 2015) 

David Tena Cucala went on to complete an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Oxford (September 2015 - June 2016) and is now studying for a DPhil in Computer Science also at Oxford (from September 2016)

Ralph Weir is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (from September 2015) 

James Wilson is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bristol (from September 2016)

Wes Wrigley is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (from September 2015) 

Information last updated March 2018

24 students graduated from the BPhil in Philosophy in 2014

Progressed to doctoral studies in philosophy: 13
Other: 10
Unknown: 1

Matt Bird is currently working as a Software Engineer at StarLeaf (from September 2016)

Joseph Carlsmith is will be studying for a PhD in Philosophy at New York University from September 2016.

Jonathan Courtney is currently the Assistant Executive Director of the Giving What We Can project at the Centre for Effective Altruism

Florian Dahl is currently working as a Management Consultant (from January 2015) 

Luke Davies is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2014)

Andreas Ditter is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at New York University (from September 2014) 

Lyndon Entwistle currently holds a teaching position in the Humanities and Philosophy Departments at Dawson College in Westmount, Quebec. 

Jonathan Erhardt is the founder and CEO of Cosmoscope GmbH, a computer game company (from March 2015). He also worked as a Research Associate with the Effective Altruism Foundation in Switzerland (August 2014 - August 2015)

Pit Genot is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Zurich (UZH) (from September 2014) 

Yoel Hanohov

Michelle Liu is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2014)

Antonio Mateiro worked as an Academic Administrator in the Medical Science Division at the University of Oxford (January 2015 - November 2015). He is currently working as a Departmental Administrative Assistant at Imperial College London (from January 2016)

Samuel Meister is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Brown University (from September 2014) 

Kian Mintz-Woo is currently studying for a PhD in Climate Ethics at the University of Graz (from September 2014). He will be a postdoctoral Research Associate working on Climate Ethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University (from September 2018)

Alexander Moran is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (from September 2014)

Beau Mount, the winner of the 2014 Gilbert Ryle Prize for outstanding achievement in the BPhil Examination, progressed to the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in September 2014, which he completed in April 2018. He is currently a Weston Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at New College, University of Oxford (from October 2017)

David Schroeren is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Princeton University (from September 2014)

Bastian Stern progressed to the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in September 2014, which he completed in June 2016. He worked as an Analyst for J.P. Morgan (July 2015 - August 2018). He is now a Research Analyst at the Open Philanthropy Project (from September 2018)

Athamos Stradis is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Kings College London (from September 2015)

J. Teru Thomas progressed to the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in September 2014, which he completed in November 2016. He worked as a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (October 2016 - September 2018). He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Priorities Institute (from October 2018)

Kevin Tobia completed a JD in Law at Yale Law School in 2018. He is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Yale University.

Aron Vallinder progressed to a PhD in Philosophy at the London School of Economics in September 2014, which he completed in 2018. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Forethought Foundation (from October 2018)

Jacob Williamson has worked as a Research Associate at Adamson & Partners since September 2016. He is currently an Associate Consultant at Adamson & Partners (from July 2018)

Ben Zelenka Martin is a Commercial Barrister, practising from One Essex Court Chambers (from October 2017)

Information last updated March 2018

17 students graduated from the BPhil in Philosophy in 2013

Progressed to doctoral studies in philosophy: 9
Other: 7
Unknown: 1

Kevin Ashby returned to practicing law at the firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, at which he was previously associated (July 2013 - October 2014). He is currently practising law as the Associate General Counsel of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he teaches Public Health Law and Bioethics and the Law.

Hamish Bridges worked as a Systems Analyst at the Royal Bank of Scotland (August 2013 - April 2018). He is currently working as a Brexit Business Analyst at UBS (from April 2018)

Simon Brown is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Columbia University (from September 2013)

William Clark worked as a Full Stack JavaScript Developer within a startup called Pixsy (January 2016 - March 2017). He then worked as a Full Stack Blockchain Developer at Lisk (July 2017 - September 2018). He is now a member of the second Entrepreneur First cohort in Berlin (from October 2018)

Neil Dewar, the winner of the 2013 Gilbert Ryle Prize for outstanding achievement in the BPhil Examination, progressed to the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in September 2013, which he completed in September 2016. He is now an Assistant Professor at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (from October 2016)

Nora Heinzelmann studied for a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (from September 2013 - April 2017). She is now working as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (from May 2017)

Claire Hogg

William Jefferson is currently studying for the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2013) 

Alexander Kaiserman progressed to the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (from September 2013), and took up an Associate Professorship in Philosophy and Tutorial Fellowship at Balliol College, University of Oxford, in September 2016. 

Joshua Layton-Wood worked as a Marketing Analyst at bChannels (December 2013 - July 2014). He then worked as a Business Development Consultant at Certes (August 2014 - February 2015). He has worked for Jaguar Land Rover since March 2015 and has carried out a number of roles within the company. Currently, he is a Data Engineer (from November 2018)

Vivek Mathew is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Cornell University (from September 2013)

Carly Minsky is currently the Student Content Editor for The Times Higher Education and World University Rankings.

Robert Mullins progressed to the DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford in September 2013, which he completed in November 2016. He is now a Lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Queensland (from July 2015)

Shivani Radhakrishnan is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy at Columbia University (from September 2014)

Stefan Riedener progressed to the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in September 2013, which he completed in March 2015. He is currently a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Zurich (from June 2016)

Michael Sadler is the CEO/Co-Founder of a new ice-cream company and café being launched in Brooklyn, NYC, called Republic of Booza.

Andy Yu progressed to the DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in September 2013, which he completed in December 2016. He is now a Law Student at the University of Toronto (from September 2016) 

Information last updated March 2018

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