UCL Earth Sciences



We hope you enjoyed your time with the department and we would like to keep in touch. Details of the UCL alumni network, and departmental alumni resources are listed below. We would also appreciate any help alumni can offer in supporting the department's efforts in teaching, research and the local community.

Welcome Alumni:

We’re here to support you as a UCL graduate. From those first steps into the wider world, through to important decisions you’ll make about your career and your professional relationships, we can help you build connections with our global community of former students.

Meet our Alumni:

Keep up to date with the Department:

Alumni Dinner

The Earth Sciences Greenough Dining Club's Alumni Dinner takes place every year in November. We start of with a reception in the Rock Room and follow on with a formal dinner. The event is also attended by our students and staff. It is always a great evening!


Click on the Career compass image below to find out more about the range of job within geoscience, sustainabilitity, energy, risk, government & policy, finance and management and many more:

Earth Sciences Careers Options

Our graduates are employed in a diverse range of roles within the global geology sector including mining, energy, water supply and sustainability.  
In-demand transferrable skills developed in data-analysis and interpretation, problem-solving and independent research also lead to wider career options including government & policy, finance & management and science & academia.

What do UCL Earth Science students go on to do?
The latest survey data* reveals: 

  • 61% were in graduate-level employment
  • 24% were in further study
  •  4% were in other work or other study

Companies which employed UCL Earth Science graduates include global geoscience and multinational organisations, the UK Government and independent consultancies.

Example job roles include:

  • Graduate hydrologist, Geo-environmental consultant, Oilfield production consultant, Water resource scientist, Risk analyst (Natural catastrophe), Cyber security analyst

Examples employers include: 

  • The British Geological Survey, Mott MacDonald, Arup, AECOM, Geotechnical Engineering, Thames Water, JP Morgan Chase, IBM, Accenture and various UK Government departments and agencies including The Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Natural England.

Many of our undergraduates embark on specialist graduate taught degree and PhD programmes.

  • Examples include: MSc Environmental Change & Management, MSc Petroleum GeoScience, PhD (Earthquake mechanics), PhD (Sea ice emulators) at institutions including UCL, Oxford, Imperial and Leeds. 

*Source: Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19. UCL Earth Science students who graduated in 2018 & 19 were surveyed 15 months after graduation. 46 out of 89 graduates responded (response rate: 55%).

The diversity of the subjects means that earth scientists are employed in many different areas:

Exploration and Production:

searching for and managing the extraction of natural resources such as fossil fuels (oil and gas), metals, construction materials. Includes mining geologists, mud loggers. Principal employers are usually the large oil, mining and civil engineering companies, but smaller consultants and contractors offer specialist services.

Water Supply:

locating and managing the quantity and quality of global water supplies.

Environmental and Engineering:

investigating and monitoring ground conditions associated with construction, planning, land use, reclamation of contaminated land, waste disposal and health.

Geological Surveying:

collecting surface and subsurface geological information, onshore and offshore, for geological, geophysical and geochemical maps and databases, the basic tools underpinning the utilisation of all geological resources. 

Education and Research:

teaching and research in universities; teaching in schools and colleges; museum work.

Earth scientists are also be employed in the fields of:

Acoustic & Air Pollution
Agricultural Science
Atmospheric Science
Civil Engineering 
Climate Sciences
Commercial, Sales & Marketing
Conservation Biology 
Contaminated Land &Remediation
Earth System Science
Economic Geology
Engineering Geology
Environmental Sciences
Glacial geology
Hydrology / Hydrogeology / Water
Marine Geology 
Mining / Mineral Exploration
Natural Resource Management
Oceanography / Marine Sciences 
Oil Field Services
Oil & Gas
Petroleum Engineering
Plant Science
Planetary Science
Remote Sensing / GIS
Science Administration, Policy & Management
Structural Geology
Soil Science
Space & Planetary Sciences 
Transport Engineering & Planning
Waste Management
Careers Support

UCL Careers Service

UCL Careers provides a range of services to help you take the next step in your career after finishing your studies.

1to1 Careers Coaching

You can sign up to one-to-one guidance sessions which cover: 

  • Exploring options related to your degree
  • Planning your next steps after graduating
  • Gaining experience through internships, placements, work experience and ‘shadowing’
  • CV writing and making applications
  • What to expect at interviews and assessment centres 
  • How to pitch your degree, skills and experience to employers
  • Pursuing further study or an alternative career route outside of the Earth Sciences field

Book a 1to1 appointment

Practice interviews 

If you’ve been invited to any type of interview, you can book interview coaching. This role-play exercise will help you practice typical interview questions for the role/ course you’ve applied for and help you to work on your interview technique.
You’ll receive feedback on your performance during the session and have chance to address any other concerns you have about the interview process. We aim to make practice interviews as similar to the real thing as possible, so you must have a real interview invite before booking.

Book a Practice Interview appointment

Careers events 
Students can attend departmental, faculty and central careers events including sector-specific careers fairs, employer presentations and masterclass talks hosted by UCL Careers, designed to develop employability skills and explore different sectors. 
UCL Careers and the department’s student society (Greenough Society) run regular events including an annual alumni careers forum with students able to hear about a variety of job roles that former Earth Science students have gone to do.

Work experience and internships

Getting work experience is vital to build transferrable skills and gain exposure to different types of roles.  UCL Careers can support you with guidance on where to find advertised opportunities and make successful applications.  Many opportunities are never publically advertised and are often sourced using speculative approaches to target organisations or leveraging relationships with alumni.


The Alumni Online Community

All UCL alumni and students are invited to register for the UCL Alumni Online Community. It provides an exclusive networking area where you can search the directory for potential mentors, search for jobs from your alumni community and build your personal network with experienced alumni professionals all over the world. You can also join one of our active alumni groups to connect with your international community and special interest groups in the UK.

Join the Online Community

Volunteer your time:

Our volunteers are at the forefront of our position as one of the world’s leading universities. Your time and expertise can be used to benefit UCL, our students and staff in a number of valuable ways across a variety of roles.

Make a donation

By donating to Earth Sciences you will be joining thousands of fellow alumni and friends who are already having a collective impact on the future of UCL.

Gifts from alumni and friends are transforming lives through world-class research, improving UCL’s resources and buildings and giving the next generation of students the opportunity to study at UCL no matter what their circumstances.

If you would like further information please contact alumni@ucl.ac.uk.

Get in touch:

Earth Sciences Alumni Coordinator:
Prof. Ian Wood and Dr Frances Cooper
E: earthsci@ucl.ac.uk
Greenough Talks and visiting the Department: Any alumni who would like to come back to visit the Department, or who would be willing to speak about their careers to our current students would be very welcome!

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