Our practice-based approach to learning provides plentiful opportunities to make professional contact with potential employers throughout the programme.
The interdisciplinary and applied nature of MSc Sustainable Development equips you with a depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and experiences that make graduates highly employable across a diverse range of careers. The degree offers high-quality social science research training and applied expertise which could lead to careers that focus on:
MSc Sustainable Development graduates are well placed to take up roles in non-governmental and civil society organisations that are working towards environmental and social sustainability around the world. These roles include project development, research, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, community support, and advocacy for policy change.
A range of consultancies specialising in areas such as environmental management, climate change and international development require graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge off sustainability challenges. These roles include practical applications of knowledge through environmental and social impact assessments, independent research and advisory roles.
Business and sustainability
There is growing demand for innovation to meet sustainability challenges in the private sector. This area includes roles responsible for sustainable development policy, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and responsible business management in a wide range of economic sectors including energy consortia, the financial sector, and industry.
Careers in the public sector are highly varied and examine the role of sustainability in planning, resource management and social development. Opportunities include national government agencies such as Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for International Development (DFID). At a local level, jobs aligned to this expertise include local authorities and planning departments.
Professional networking opportunities
Our practice-based approach to learning provides plentiful opportunities to make professional contact with potential employers throughout the programme. Examples of past consultancy projects that MSc Sustainable Development students have led on include working with Cornwall Council’s Planning team, reviewing the environmental impact of local housing developments. Other projects include working with the private sector such as investigating the carbon footprint of a local restaurant’s procurement decisions. Students also collaborate with not-for-profit groups such as Plastic Free Penzance or local heritage sites in need of support and advice on their sustainable development planning.
The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service offering careers training, events, advice and mentoring to ensure you have the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field.
Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of our Geography postgraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Recent graduates are now working as:
- Analyst Consultant
- Ecological Planning advisory intern
- English teacher
- Environmental Impact Assessment Consultant
- GIS specialist
- Graduate Research Assistant
- Marine and Environmental Consultant
- Vulnerability Assessment Framework Coordinator
Recent graduates are now working for:
- British Gas
- Carbon Tree
- City of London Corporation
- Clicper Logistics
- EDF Energy
- Fable Videographics
- Hong Kong Outstanding Education
- Joint Marine Environ Guard Limited
- Met Office
- SLR Consulting Ltd
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Taylor Woodrow
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a University of Exeter Geography Masters programme. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of our Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17.
- MPH Environment, Energy and Resilience
- MPH Geography
- MPhil Geography
- PhD Physical Geography