Careers in the Earth Sciences

With a degree in the Earth Sciences our graduates are well prepared for a successful career or further study.


Our graduates acquire a sound knowledge of basic science and a deep understanding of their chosen discipline as well as a natural curiosity and problem solving skills.


Representatives of various organisations visit us each year to discuss career prospects for our students.

To prepare for a career after graduation, many of our 4th year students participate in seminars, mock interviews and discussions organized by the University’s Careers Service.

Our graduates work in a variety of fields:

  • Resource industries
  • Scientific publishing
  • Armed forces
  • Hydrographic industry
  • Allied fields

They have pursued careers as:

  • Environmental consultants
  • Geologists
  • Research assistants
  • Teachers
  • Land surveyors
  • Engineering consultants
  • Museum curators

Further Studies

About 50% of our graduates go on to Masters or Doctoral work.

Those who do sufficiently well in their honours degrees can apply for a studentship to work in research, leading to a PhD in three years.

Alternatively, an honours degree can be followed by an MSc degree in a vocational branch such as:

  • Petroleum Geology
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Management

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