Geography and Environmental Management graduate destinations


of Geography and Environmental Management graduates are in work or further study after 6 months*

*The structure and coverage of this survey are determined by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) employment indicator 2016/17, published in July 2018.

Great graduate careers

Our graduates go into work in the public and private sector in areas such as:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Local and National Government
  • Energy Management
  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Flood and Coastal Risk Management
  • Planning (including Urban, Town and Transport) 
  • Water Resource Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Transport Management
  • Environmental Education.

Top graduate employers

We work with employer and professional body partners including the Environment Agency, Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Town Planning Institute. These shape course content; give industry advice; and provide placements and work experience. Graduates find work with these and employers including:

  • Environment Agency
  • Bristol City Council
  • Peter Brett Associates 
  • Wessex Water
  • ARUP
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Skanska Construction Ltd
  • Atkins
  • Planning Inspectorate.

Further study

On graduation, 23% of our graduates went into further study in 2017*. Some choose to develop their knowledge of areas like environmental consultancy, planning, research and specialist science and engineering subjects. Others do PGCEs so they can teach at a secondary level.

The Careers Service provides students with guidance on choosing further study courses, applying for a place, and preparation for interview (if required).

Recognised by industry

Many of our courses are accredited by Professional Bodies, so our students leave with industry-recognised qualifications.

Find out more about our Geography and Environmental Management courses

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Career support throughout your degree

From the moment our students start, they get careers information and advice - from employers, our careers team, and their tutors. So by the time they graduate, they will be equipped with the experience, contacts and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.

Work experience is vital in today’s highly competitive jobs market. And while our students are here, we provide one-to-one support to help them find experience that fits their career plans.


Placement students are more likely to go into high-level graduate jobs and have a higher average starting salary. As well as providing students with support in their search for a placement, we prepare students through tailored workshops. Previous students have secured a year-long placement at employers including: Bristol City Council, the Field Studies Council, Mott MacDonald, Mouchel, Network Rail, UK Hydrographic Office, Wessex Water, the Green Party, Heathrow Airport, Hydrock Consulting, Institute of Environment and Water Management, Ofgem.

Volunteering and internships

These will give students a head start through gaining experience and contacts with environmental organisations, civil engineering companies and planning consultancies. Find out more about volunteering and internships for UWE Bristol students.


Exhibitions such as our annual Faculty of Environment and Technology Degree Show attract employers from across the region. This is the perfect opportunity for our students to show employers their work and discuss graduate career opportunities.

Specialist careers support

Careers advice and coaching is available for each department. The Careers Service provide input into the curriculum and alongside degree programmes, giving up-to-date labour market and graduate destination information, as well as coaching for students in their professional development planning.

Students are emailed a fortnightly newsletter with news of top work-based learning opportunities, and can access the UWE Bristol Careers Toolkit which includes access to our services, a job search engine, resources, videos and employer information. Students can also come along to our twice daily careers drop-in or schedule a one-to-one with our dedicated team. We also arrange regular presentations and Q&As from leading sector employers. It doesn't end when students graduate.

Students are emailed a weekly newsletter with news of opportunities and have access to cloud-based career resources. They can also come along to our twice daily careers drop-in or schedule a one-to-one with our dedicated team. We also arrange regular presentations and Q&As from leading sector employers.

It doesn't end when students graduate. Alumni can access our full careers services for up to three years after graduation.

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