School of Earth and Environment

Career Paths

The School offers one of the largest portfolios of 1 – Year vocational Masters Programmes, in subjects ranging from Exploration Geophysics, Structural Geology and Engineering to Sustainability specialisms such as Climate Change, Consultancy, Politics, Ecological Economics and Environment and Development, all of our Programmes are aimed at those who wish to begin or enhance a subject-related career. These programmes offer advanced subject-specific training & contact with employers via a range of activities including external speakers, industry open  days, and in some cases dissertation projects linked with employers & based on real-world projects.   Master’s programmes last for a full 12 months, starting in September, and consist of two terms of taught modules followed by a dissertation project module.  Most programmes are also available to be taken on a part-time or interrupted study basis for accessibility by those already in employment.

Taught Masters modules use a variety of teaching methods, as well as conventional lectures to allow you to develop both generic and subject specific skills. Such methods include both team work & individual practical exercises focussed around real-world scenarios and case studies to produce optimal solutions; they provide familiarisation with state-of-the-art technical approaches, software and the regulatory regimes within which companies and public sector organisations operate.  The research-intensive environment of the School ensures that taught course material is both up-to-date and research led; we aim to teach the scientific & rational principles lying behind the practical approaches used in the world outside academia, so that our graduate’s skills do not become out-dated as a result of changes in technology or the regulatory environment.

Masters dissertation projects allow individuals to develop their particular interests & skills further. Many projects are undertaken in collaboration with a partner organisation which may be private or public sector, and is often an employer of our Masters graduates, thus offering a valuable opportunity for both parties to get to know one another!  Other projects have a more academic focus for those who wish to explore the possibility of a research career either in industry or academia.  Both types of projects are supported by the strong technology and equipment base of this research intensive School (e.g. access to state of the art laboratories, computing and software, field equipment).

In summary, by undertaking a School of Earth and Environment one-year Masters programmes, you will be getting a good head start or boost to your potential in your chosen subject-related career, as well as the chance to make important contacts with future employers and peers.


Use the programme links on the left for programme specific career information.

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