UCL Earth Sciences


Alumni & Careers

Find out about what careers Earth Scientists have gone into and how we keep in touch with our Alumni.

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.

Alumni and Careers

Meet our Alumni:



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:

Options open to an Earth Sciences graduate include:


    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


    The diversity of the subjects means that geoscientists are employed in many different areas - see below - although five main broad areas may be defined:

    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.

    Geoscientists 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

    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%).


    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.


    Summer undergraduate internship programmes are a great way to gain practical work experience, get an insight into how professional companies work or be part of a research team. Check out some of the placement websites:  

    All our Alumni are invited to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn  Alumni groups. 

    Facebook Alumni Group | LinkedIn | Twitter (@ES_UCL) | Instagram
    Careers Contact: Dr Katie McFall
    For latest video news check our EarthSciences YouTube channel.  

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