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Durham University

Department of Geography

Career Options & Employability

Postgraduate study at Durham presents an opportunity to develop a range of higher level research skills that can be transferred to the wider graduate job market. The specific learning and skills opportunities presented by Geography at Masters level are relevant to careers in a diverse range of areas including property and surveying, environmental consultancy and management, conservation, town planning, geopolitical risk, market research, development work, health, public policy, social research, logistics, youth and community work, education, energy, utilities and tourism. It is important to note that accredited professional study will be required for some of the aforementioned career areas.

Other Masters students progress into careers with no direct relevance to human or physical geography including banking, law, PR, consultancy, insurance, IT, retail, advertising, publishing, journalism and media.

Examples of recent employers of Durham Masters students include high profiles graduate recruiters like Deloitte but also highly relevant organisations such as Wood Holmes (consultancy specialising in regeneration and sustainability), Richard Allitt Associates (service provider to UK water industry), Turning Point (health & social care provider) and JBA (flood risk consultancy). 

A number of students progress onto PhD level study following their Masters in Geography or Risk. This presents an opportunity to remain within their academic field of interest and pursue higher level research, notably at Durham but also other institutions. Others take a different route and pursue professional postgraduate programmes in both relevant (environmental science, real estate management, town planning, GIS) and non-relevant fields (law, finance, teaching, HR, marketing).

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works with closely the department in facilitating student access to job and work experience opportunities, careers and employability events, employer workshops and presentations, skills programmes and tailored individual careers guidance. A dedicated Careers Adviser is available to support postgraduate Anthropology students individually and collectively. The Careers Centre provides events specifically for postgraduate students such as the annual PGT Conference.