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Careers and employability

Geography graduates have particularly great employment prospects - and a degree from The University of Manchester will open doors to a wide range of careers.

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

In fact, we are one of the most targeted universities by the UK's top 100 graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2017, High Flyers).

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.

Our dedicated Geography employability programme will ensure you leave us as a highly employable individual, by developing your expertise in teamwork, communication, research, data analysis, problem solving and time management.

You will also gain subject-specific skills such as geographical representation, microscopy and field and laboratory analyses; invaluable skills if you choose to pursue a career directly related to your degree.

While at Manchester, you'll benefit from the attention of an academic member of staff who will focus on enhancing your employability through the curriculum, volunteering and internships.


Our graduates have pursued successful careers in areas including:

  • advertising
  • business development
  • consulting
  • education
  • environmental work
  • finance
  • human resources
  • land management
  • law
  • marketing
  • media and communications
  • planning
  • project management
  • research
  • sales
  • social work.


Our graduates are employed by organisations including:

  • Accenture
  • HSBC
  • Manchester City Council
  • Network Rail
  • PwC
  • Sainsbury's
  • Sky
  • the BBC
  • the Environment Agency
  • the National Health Service.


We host numerous events throughout the year to boost the employability of our students. Examples that have taken place in 2017-18 include:

  • Careers Event (with Planning and Environmental Management)
  • Meet the Professionals (with the Faculty of Humanities)
  • What Do Geographers Do? (for second-year undergraduates)


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