Geography graduate destinations

A degree in Geographical Sciences provides graduates with skills applicable to a broad range of careers. Many move into a variety of fields where their combination of analytical, teamworking, numerical and communication skills are highly valued.

Data obtained from

  • Single honours Geography courses (BSc and MSci), including those with study abroad
  • Geography with Quantitative Research Methods (BSc and MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK

Responses were received from 100 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 67%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 56%
Self-employment/freelancing 3%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 3%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 1%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 21%
Taking time out to travel 2%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 8%
Doing something else 6%

Sector information

Examples of regular recruitment sectors include IT and management consultancy, law, investment banking, accountancy, marketing, publishing and the armed forces. Geographical skills can be particularly relevant in areas such as the Civil Service and local government, tourism, market research, conservation, logistics and teaching.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates

Other social work activities without accommodation n.e.c.


Advertising agencies


General secondary education


Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy

Other sectors (28 sectors) 35

Around 70% of all graduate vacancies ask for no specific degree subject and, over the years, Bristol Geographical Sciences graduates have entered a whole spectrum of careers from diplomacy and community work to sports broadcasting and journalism.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • PwC
  • Savills plc
  • Accenture plc
  • Bulb energy
  • European Parliament

Examples of occupations

  • Assurance Associate
  • Business Development Executive
  • Management Consultant
  • Paralegal
  • Social Media Manager

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 15%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 9%

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