Geography is a subject that bridges the social and physical sciences. Those studying geography develop transferable knowledge and skills which open up a wide range of career opportunities. For this reason, it was listed amongst the top ten recession-proof degrees by the Daily Telegraph.
The tutorial system operating in all three years is specifically designed to provide support in the development of key transferable skills and important elements of career planning (including CV and interview skills, internship applications and skills audits, among others). Our Geography degrees are constantly reviewed, in consultation with employers, to ensure that graduates leave with the key skills required to compete in the global workplace. This includes setting you non-traditional assignments, such as writing policy briefs and bringing employers and graduates into the university to meet and advise you.
Combined with the high regard in which our qualifications are held, this has enabled recent graduates to embark on rewarding careers with a broad range of public and private sector organisations. Some are putting their geographical knowledge to direct use working in jobs such as environment assistant for the Environment Agency, ranger, government researcher, resource planner and in business development. Other graduates are putting the transferable skills they have gained into practice in careers such as accountancy, teaching and management, and a significant number join graduate training programmes in major organisations.
Companies employing our graduates in recent years include:
- Environment Agency
- British Airways
- British Gas
- Civil Service
- Guardian News Group
- Hereford Council
- Lancashire County Council
- HM Revenue and Customs
- British Council
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- Bradford Council
- The Research Partnership
Work experience opportunities
We encourage students to undertake work experience and internships during the course of their degree and the tutorial programme includes sessions which help students identify what would be useful for them. In addition, as a geography student here, you will have the option to undertake a ‘work-based dissertation’, which combines your final year independent research project with a placement in industry. Our University Careers & Employability Service will help you to arrange your placement and an academic member of staff will supervise your research.
This provides you with the opportunity to undertake an internship related to your future career goals during the summer between Year Two and Three, and use this experience to contribute to your academic studies at the
Our numerous fieldwork opportunities also offer the chance to work directly with a range of stakeholders from industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Our current and past students have found these opportunities invaluable in developing work-based skills and networks to secure employment in their chosen career destinations.
If you wish to continue your studies at postgraduate level, there is a range of Masters programmes, including: MA in Contemporary Human Geography, MSc in Population and Health, MSc in Environment and Climate Change, MSc in Environmental Science, and MSc in Geographical Information Science. There are also opportunities for PhD study drawing on staff specialisms, and to apply for funding from a range of organisations, including the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and NERC (Natural Environment Research Council).
Qualifying you for life
By the time you graduate you will have developed valuable abilities such as numeracy, literacy, laboratory skills, critical thinking, teamwork, project management, graphicacy, research design, policy analysis and many more. Geographical information systems (GIS) is an important specialist skill and an area in which we undertake world-leading research. Employers are increasingly looking for people who can use this technology, found in everything from mobile phones to state-of-the-art navigation aids. Such employers include planners and insurers, who use GIS to model flood risk, and private companies, who use it to identify potential customers. Our students graduate with important skills in GIS which make them attractive to potential employers. Alongside this, the core research skills in human geography, including surveying, interviewing and innovative community liaison techniques stand students in good stead for a range of employment destinations. Likewise, the state-of-the-art laboratory techniques which our physical geographers learn, make them attractive to employers in the science and technology industries as well as environmental regulators and consultants.
Geography BA (Hons)
Currently on the National Graduate Development Programme
What I particularly liked about Geography at Liverpool was the breadth of the course. The modules that I studied were very diverse and wide ranging, covering topics from politics to populations, the economy to the environment and cities to colonialism.