Employment Prospects

Employment destinations of 260 known recent MSc Petroleum Geoscience graduates, including 91 UK registered students.

The petroleum industry is the largest employer of earth science graduates, with good employment prospects in the United Kingdom and overseas in oil companies, consultancies, service companies, government bodies, the financial sector, and in teaching and research. During the research project students normally have the opportunity to work within sponsor oil company offices, gaining valuable industrial experience. The MSc course has a very strong track record for employability.

Our records of known recent MSc Petroleum Geoscience graduates, indicate more than half end up working in the petroleum industry. In addition technical and transferable skills learnt on the course provide a good foundation for further research. Approximately one quarter of these students continue on to PhD positions.

We have good links with oil companies, many visit the School to provide careers information and seek applications (typically BG, BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, Hess, Talsiman, Neftex, Fugro etc). Some also interview in the University. This is in addition to the University career fairs and other employment events.

Recent graduates have been employed by a wide range of geoscience companies, including: Baker Hughes, Bayfield Oil Services, BP, CGG Robertson, Chevron, Cluff Natural Resources, ConocoPhilips, Dong, EGS, ERCL, Fugro GB Marine, Getech, Halliburton, IGas Energy PLC, IHS Markit International, Merlin Energy Resources, ONHYM, Paradigm, PDO, Petroleum BRUNEI, Petronas, PGS, PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, Schlumberger, Shell, Statoil, Swala Oil and Gas, Tanzania Petroleum Development, Third Energy, Tullow, Wintershall, Wood Mackenzie

Manchester is top of the list for graduate employers

The University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers, according to a new report from independent market research company, High Fliers Research.

Because employers don’t have the resources to visit and advertise with every university they tend to prioritise just a few. As a result the researchers looked at the institutions which attracted the largest number of leading graduate recruiters for campus fairs, recruitment presentations or other local university promotions during 2017-2018.

In ‘The Graduate Market in 2018’ report, Manchester came out top with organisations ranked in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. These include the biggest names in the public and private sectors.

High Fliers have been researching graduate recruitment at UK universities since 1994 and as well as the annual Graduate Market reports, they also produce The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list each year. This version of the Graduate Market report also includes information about the wider graduate job market, salaries and internships, and factors such as the impact of Brexit.

Tammy Goldfeld, Head of the Careers Service at The University of Manchester, said: “We work closely with employers and students to ensure that careers fairs and workshops are busy and offer high quality jobs, internships and talks, so it is really good news that we’ve topped the list in this report.

“The Careers Service isn’t just about job fairs: we offer training, networking and volunteering opportunities that, combined with teaching, helps our students realise their potential and become attractive to employers.”

For more information, visit the University Careers Service website.

Visit the High Fliers website for a full copy of the report.

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