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Careers and employability

A unique discipline that bridges the arts and sciences, studying geography at undergraduate level opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities and overall has one of the best graduate employment records in the country.

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. The rate at which the world's environment and society are changing, combined with growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, means that geography is one of the most relevant courses students can choose to study.

Rita Gardner / Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers

Geography graduates are more likely to be employed after their degree course than other graduates, and are above average in what they go on to earn - with 74% of geography graduates earning a starting salary of more than £20,000 per year (Labour Force Survey).

Manchester is also well-known for the impact and influence of its post-docs and PhD Geography students. Recent graduates have been appointed to Chairs at leading universities in Europe, North America and the Far East, while others now shape national and international policy environments through their work in government agencies, research institutes and activist organisations.


Here are just some of the career paths recent Geography graduates have taken:

  • academia
  • cartography
  • chartered surveying
  • coastal engineering
  • conservation
  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental health
  • flood protection
  • forestry 
  • GIS
  • law
  • social work
  • teaching
  • transport logistics 
  • urban regeneration.


We host numerous events throughout the year to boost the employability of our students. Examples for 2017-18 include:

  • 25 October, 2017 - Careers Event, Geography and Planning and Environmental Management
  • 6 November, 2017 - Workshop on CV Skills, Geography (2nd Years)
  • 6 February, 2018 - Meet the Professionals, Faculty of Humanities
  • 19 February, 2018 - What Do Geographers Do?, Geography (2nd Years)
  • 25 April, 2018 - Careers Event, Geography and Planning and Environmental Management

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