Career Opportunities

At the University of Leicester we want the next generation of future geographers to become immersed in a rich academic culture of learning and understanding. We recognise the skills and knowledge of geographers are heavily in demand by businesses, organisations and public offices and we build the confidence of our students to be able to deploy these skills during their degree programme or after graduation.  Our Workplace Geographies module is unique. As well as developing an understanding of the role that Geography can play in various disciplines and work spaces, we also make sure our students are absolutely prepared to enter the job market.

Dr Kevin Tansey, Head of Department

Some Statistics...

More than 92% of Geography graduates are employed 6 months after completing their degree.

61% of our graduates are in full-time employment and 30% are working part-time and/or engaging in further study (compared to a national average for Geography graduates 46% and 38% respectively).

64% of our graduates in full-time employment are in professional or management positions (compared to 53% national average amongst Geography graduates).

Leicester Geography is here to support your career aspirations:

Find out what our past and current undergraduates have to say about career opportunities.

Developing your employability

Our degree programme develops key employability skills. Graduates possess specialist technical, analytical and scientific skills, and they acquire a wide range of transferable skills such as project management, team-working, presentation, writing and communication skills. With a Leicester Geography degree, you will have unrivalled spatial awareness and problem-solving skills as well, and provide you with a skills transcript to document your progress each year!

Careers Tutor

We have a dedicated careers tutor in the department to help you find a job. During term time you will also receive weekly email digests containing information about career fairs, jobs opportunities, career development courses and other practical information to help you on your way to employability.

Modules that Maximise Employability

Our second-year module, Workplace Geographies maximises your employability prospects, provides opportunities for work experience, develops your understanding of the job market, generates high-class CVs and covering letters and helps build personal confidence. Skills that you can take into the job search.

Our second year module, Geography in Education works with local secondary schools places you in the class room. Working closely with teachers you will develop skills and experience that will be beneficial to a career in teaching.

Personal Tutors

Your personal tutor is happy to your career aspirations. They also provide references for you when you start applying for jobs and (working with the department careers tutor) will try and help you make contact with employers to support your search for a career .

Employer Links

The department has strong links with businesses, government offices and industry, both locally and nationally, and we use these links to help you explore your career opportunities. Our research has much to offer these organizations, and so will you. Recent collaborations include:

  • Nottinghamshire Business Link and the Countryside Agency
  • European Space Agency, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
  • BP Exploration (along with Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Monks Wood and ADAS Ltd.)
  • Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • We have also worked with Infoterra Ltd., Syngenta, the East Midlands Regional Development Agency, the Home Office, DEFRA, J Sainsbury plc and many others.

Your dissertation may also be of interest to a company, a business or the government.


We have an alumni association that enables us to maintain contact. We operate this group through LinkedIn. We invite past graduates back to the department to give career talks.

Postgraduate Study Opportunities

The department offers a number of taught postgraduate courses. If you wish to remain in Higher Education, the department can offer advice and information about the courses available in the department and those found elsewhere.

Study Abroad

Add to your CV and experience with study abroad. Increasingly employers are looking for people who stand out. Studying abroad in Geography will make you stand out.

Careers Services

The University has a dedicated careers service that is there for you. You can have one-to-one meetings to discuss your career plan, have your CV and application form checked and take assessment tests.

The careers service also organises a number of events and workshops that facilitates meetings between undergraduates and employers.

The University takes part in at least two careers fairs per year and are a great opportunity for prospective employers to meet you.

Leicester Graduate Internship Programme

Interns work on specific projects for 6-months and engage in training and development through a bespoke career development programme. Key factors in the success of the internship programme have been a wide range of departments offering different internship experiences and the support given to the interns.

Click here for graduate internship opportunities within the University




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