Careers and employability
Manchester is home to the largest number of planning and environmental consultancies in the UK (outside London) - and with much cheaper living costs than the capital, many of our graduates choose to stay on in the city after university.
Our students develop a skill set that’s highly-attractive to employers - your ability to propose policies and implement strategies will be vital to a successful career in planning or environmental management.
What’s more, if you choose not to follow a vocational career, your knowledge and transferable skills - including communication, strategic thinking and creativity - will be invaluable in a number of roles, whatever career path you chose to follow.
Planning and Environmental Management provides bespoke support to students in their search for future employment, ranging from advice on interview techniques to CV writing.
Most importantly, we organise our own annual careers fair with employers from planning, real estate and environmental assessment and management.
With a history of planning education that goes back decades, we enjoy strong professional links with planners, urban development professionals and environmental managers, particularly in the vibrant city of Manchester. These links with practitioners benefit our students in many ways, including:
- placements and client-based studies;
- networking opportunities;
- links for possible employment.;
If you're an undergraduate, in year three you have the option to take a year out of your studies to complete a paid work placement.
This will be arranged with an organisation engaged in planning, urban design and/or real estate (if you’re a Planning student) or the environment (if you’re an Environmental Management student) to apply the conceptual, digital and communication skills you practice at university.
You can apply directly to this pathway when choosing your UCAS options, or switch to the Placement Year programme during your first year.
Furthermore, over the course of your second year, you have the option of undertaking a professional placement during the Christmas, Easter or summer vacation periods.
This will allow you to develop a specialised knowledge base and skill set relevant to your chosen career path, whilst building your network of planning or environmental management contacts.
What do Planning and Environmental Management graduates do?
The range of careers open to you as a graduate of our courses is enormously broad. For example, many of our recent graduates have gone into:
- environmental management;
- local government;
- nature conservation;
- policy roles in urban and regional development;
- real estate and property management;
- urban planning in both the private and public sectors;
- urban design.