Careers and employability

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A degree from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences will equip you with the skills to be successful in a wide range of careers.

Our courses are structured to give you a breadth of knowledge and transferable skills which make up the essential building blocks for academic and professional careers in the Earth and Environmental Sciences.

There are a wide range of careers that you could choose from. For instance, you could work as a geologist prospecting for diamonds or as a petroleum engineer involved in the discovery, recovery and maintenance of the world’s oil and gas supplies. You might decide to take up a post as an environmental scientist working for government agencies or in a private company engaged in environmental protection or the assessment of air, land and water contamination.

85% of our students are in either fuller time employment or further education six months after graduation (KIS data 2012).

Perhaps an academic career holds more appeal though. If so, the School can provide opportunities to examine a wealth of topics, from climate studies to the evolution of planet Earth. Many undergraduate students go on to do a masters or a PhD, whilst others gain employment immediately after graduation. We have close relationships with a number of employers in many areas and are actively targeted by multinational companies.  

Many of our degree programmes have an industrial advisory board, and several members of staff have past or current industry experience which enriches your experience in lectures. Because of this our graduates are in demand from a variety of companies that value skills such as teamwork, problem solving, report writing, computer literacy and independence. 

Whatever profession you choose, one thing that is common to many jobs is that geologists, environmental scientists or petroleum engineers rarely work in offices. Take a look at the positions some of our alumni are in now to get a better idea of what you could do after you get your degree.



Meet our current team


From left to right:

Dr Grant Allen – careers officer Environmental Sciences and overall careers coordinator. Email Grant.

Dr Julian Mecklenburgh – careers officer Geology and Geography/Geology degree programmes. Email Julian.

Dr Stefan Schroeder – careers officer Petroleum Engineering. Email Stefan.


Where our graduates end up

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Your future is our concern

We are committed to supporting your development through an ‘open door’ policy and a tutorial system in which you will have a variety of Academic Tutors, but keep the same Personal Tutor, throughout your time with us. We encourage you from the outset to improve your employability skill and to engage in preparing for life after your degree programme.

All careers-related support is organised by the School, with additional support from the University's Careers Service. School careers support is coordinated by our careers team which consists of officers from our different degree courses.  These officers coordinate the course careers-related events and are the first point of contact if you have specific questions about future employment.

We provide support in the following ways:

  • Personal Development Plan (PDP): a guide accompanying each student throughout their academic career
  • Tutorial sessions delivering on writing applications, CV's and covering letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Career fairs: both at the University and externally (for example, The British Geological Society Careers Fair)
  • Taught sessions from the University Careers Service
  • Talks from potential employers, presentation of graduate programmes, visits to experience industry operations first-hand
  • Industrial Mentoring Schemes run by the University Careers Service
  • Taught course in communication and presentation skills
  • Active support for internships and a year in industry to gain valuable industry experience


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