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As a geologist or earth scientist your potential career paths will be extremely varied.  You could end up prospecting for diamonds in Suriname, or work as an exploration geologist in the oil and gas sector, or as a policy adviser for a major oil company. Around 40% of our students go on to study for further degrees and nearly 80% of our 2010 graduates surveyed were in fulltime employment or studying for further degrees 6 months after graduating (DLHE survey).

How does Manchester support you to find employment after graduation?

Studying geology or Earth Science at The University of Manchester not only equips you to become a geologist in a wide range of industries but also provides you with transferable skills that can be applied to many careers from forensic scientist to commodities trader. Many of the teaching staff have industrial experience or direct links with the energy, mining and environmental sectors. They also maintain research programmes of direct relevance to the courses they teach, and transfer their research into teaching.

 Graduate employability is actively supported by:

  • Talks from potential employers, presentation of graduate programmes and visits to Career Fairs and Events, both at the university, such as the yearly organised Careers in the Environmental Sector Day and externally, such as the Geological Society of London Careers Fair.
  • Scholarships and prizes sponsored by major companies for distinguished students and projects. This includes an opportunity to apply for BP scholarships in Year 1 and 2 of your studies.
  • A dedicated careers team, both at university level and within the school, for CV clinics and careers advice. 
  • Active support for internships and a year in industry to gain valuable industrial experience.
  • Specific (tutorial) sessions delivering careers skills such as writing applications, CV's and covering letters, throughout the entire programme.
  • Access to detailed information of the energy, mining and environmental sectors, including job opportunities, supplied by the University Careers Service.
  • Industrial Mentoring Schemes run by the University Careers Service.

Continuing research

Past graduates from the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Science have developed successful careers, many continuing to practice the skills and apply the knowledge they learned during their degree. Our teaching also inspires the next generation of researchers: many undergraduates continue in education, studying for higher degrees such as masters or PhDs.

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Where are they now?

Patrick McKelvey, Operations Manager at Schlumberger, Water Services, Brisbane Australia.

"The good grounding in Geology I got at Manchester has been of huge value...(more)"

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