Careers and Employability

Geography, Environmental Science and Geology degree programmes cover a wide range of subject-specific and key graduate skills, something which is widely recognised by employers.

As a graduate of one of our degree programmes you will become proficient in:

  • presenting your ideas in written formats such as reports, orally and visually
  • data collection, presentation and analysis
  • information technology and communication skills including specialist areas such as geographical information systems (GIS)
  • personal attributes such as self-management, awareness of personal responsibility, motivation, flexibility and creativity
  • working as a member of a team
  • project management

These skills and personal attributes are of great value to employers and to you, to enable you to compete successfully for a wide variety of employment, or to continue studying and researching for a postgraduate or professional qualification.

Further enhancement of the employability of our graduates is achieved through opportunities to complete a work-based learning module in the second year; an optional placement year in industry and an annual careers and employability week for all second and third year students.  We also have a close and effective relationship with the dedicated University Careers Centre, with careers workshops delivered in all three years of our degree programmes covering everything from getting part-time work, volunteering, and networking to applying for internships and graduate jobs.

Careers and Employability Week

The careers and employability week is designed to assist students in making the necessary transition from degree study to the world of employment or postgraduate study. The activities during the week focus on career planning and management and the world of work, and aims to combine academic study and careers training. It is delivered by staff from the Department and the University Careers Centre.

As part of the careers and employability week representatives from organisations such as the Environment Agency, United Utilities, Fairbanks and Enterprise Rent-a-Car deliver presentations and workshops to students focusing on topics such as applications, interviews and how to impress at a graduate selection centre.

Work-Based Learning

In addition to our extensive range of field trips, students in the department also benefit from work-based learning where they can apply and extend their skills in a professional setting.

Students have completed work placements with a number of host organisations such as the National Trust, Sefton Council and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside.


Our recent graduates have progressed to successful careers in everything from geo-environmental engineering and tourism to accountancy, town planning and environmental consultancy, including positions as:

  • Assistant Energy Manager with MITIE Managed Services
  • Environmental Geologist with Wardell Armstrong
  • Water Analyst with Severn Trent Water Authority
  • Graduate Technician with Scientifics

Student profiles

Andrew Fielding

Andrew Fielding

Andrew Fielding

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

The modules provided me with a baseline understanding of principles I now apply on a daily basis, from my introduction to GIS to fieldwork on the beaches of Portals Vells, Mallorca.

Helen Donlon

Helen Donlon

Helen Donlon

BA (Hons) Human Geography

Studying allowed me to develop transferable skills, becoming knowledgeable in global affairs, helping me become well-rounded, acting upon any situation I’m faced with – socially or professionally.