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Equipping you with professional skills and experience

Our graduates are highly employable in the growing market for environmental managers and consultants. To prepare you to meet this demand, we:

  • create extensive opportunities for you to network with potential employers
  • design coursework assignments to reflect the outputs of industry, ensuring that you have the opportunities to develop the necessary skills for your future career
  • provide in-service training if you’re already working within the profession.

Expert lecturers

You'll be taught by lecturers with expertise across a broad range of areas, including:

  • contaminated land
  • air pollution
  • environmental economics
  • environmental law
  • ecosystem service
  • project management.

 

They have extensive experience in both academic and industrial applications, and will show you how to develop and apply your skills.

Many of our academics are well-known within the scientific world. For example, Professor Chris Collins' research into the bioavailability and bioaccessability of environmental pollutants has been recognised by appointments to two Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) committees that advise the UK government on the environmental chemistry of hazardous substances and veterinary products.

Find out more about Professor Nick Branch and his research into climate resilience in the Peruvian Andes

Professor Hannah Cloke's research on flooding focuses on developing techniques to help us prepare better for flooding by improving forecasting. It saves lives through improving early warning systems in flood-prone parts of the world, and reduces the impact of flooding on businesses.

Read more about Professor Cloke's research


I believe my MSc has helped me secure my dream job as an environmental consultant, where my employer is very impressed with the breadth and level of knowledge I have acquired.

Claire Nichols

MSc Environmental Pollution graduate

Your future career

94% of leavers are in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19; First Degree, Postgraduate (Taught) and Postgraduate (Research) responders from Geography and Environmental Science). 

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in public and private sector organisations within the UK and internationally, as well as continuing their research in a wide variety of academic posts.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as:

  • the Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • National Trust
  • WSP Environmental
  • RPS consultancy
  • HFL Risk Services
  • ERM
  • Thames Water
  • Forestry Commission
  • RSPB
  • CL Associates
  • Environ UK Ltd.
  • Peter Brett Associates
  • British Geological Survey
  • STM Environmental.

 

Graduates also go on to study for PhDs.

Dedicated careers adviser

The School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science has a dedicated Careers Consultant. They offer careers advice that incorporates coaching techniques, and have developed career learning in both higher education and school settings. They provide additional support and actively help build links with industry both locally and nationally.

To find out more, visit the Careers Centre site.

RED Award

The RED Award (Reading Experience and Personal Development) is a formal record of all your placements and volunteering and is included in your University transcript. This allows you to make the most of extra-curricular activities and experiences undertaken outside of your academic course and to share these with prospective employers on graduation.

 

Henry Bortey-Otchwemah now works as a consultant in Climate Change and Development

Abi Ravichanthiran is building a career in sustainability at Veolia UK

Our courses

Our master's programmes help you to establish a firm grounding in your chosen specialism and take your knowledge and skills to the next level.

How you'll study

Through our high-quality fieldwork and research projects we train you to the highest standards as a preparation for professional employment or doctoral study. 

Life in the Department

Join a vibrant and welcoming department situated on an award-winning campus. 

Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences of IES
Athena SWAN Silver Award