Higher Education Survey

Destination of Leavers from Geography and International Development


The percentage of our students taking up graduate level jobs and/or continuing in further education has grown significantly in recent years, with 87.9%* of 2015 graduates holding graduate level roles or continuing their studies within the six months of completing their programme.


Emma Rowbotham

Why study at Chester?

“the reputation of the department; I was impressed by the statistics on student satisfaction and performance.”         

Emma Rowbotham (Geography and NHM, 2012), Conservation Officer, Western Australia

Geography continues to be highly regarded by employers because of the broad suite of transferable skills encompassed by good geographical training, and because of its emphasis on problem-based learning and team working. Geography at Chester embraces technologies (e.g. in the use of digital mapping and spatial information systems) and field and laboratory skills of direct relevance to a range of jobs in both the public and private sectors.

Recent Geography graduates have secured employment in a wide range of roles, including:

  •  Land surveying
  • Local government (sustainability officer, planning officer, transport, tourism)
  • Urban regeneration
  • Landscape design
  • Community development
  • Technical editing
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Environment Agency
  • Logistics
  • Police
  • Teaching
  • Marketing


Students who completed our International Development Studies (IDS) programme are well placed to gain jobs in the development community. Recent students are working all over the world in a variety of development roles, including:

  • UN (UNITAR) in Geneva
  • English First in Jakarta
  • Kimbilio/Save Child Africa
  • Salt of the Earth, India
  • Five Talents UK
  • Anza, Tanzania
  • Entraide, Birmingham
  • Childreach International, London
  • Burma aid organisation
  • InterHealth in Nairobi Medair
  • Teaching in Maldives
  • Logistics in Madagascar
  • BMS Tanzania
  • MCAI (Maternal Childhealth Advocacy International)
  • World Vision
  • Fonkoze Microfinance, Haiti
  • SCAD (Social Change and Development) in Tamil Nadu


Recent graduates of our Natural Hazard Management (NHM) programme have secured employment in a wide range of roles, including:

  • Flood Risk Assessor
  • Resilience Officer
  • Insurance Hazard and Risk Modeller
  • Hydrologist
  • Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Geographical Information Manager
  • Environmental Officer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Community Development
  • Teaching
  • Geotechnical Analyst
  • Fire Service
  • Military


You can read and listen to what our past students have to say on our Employment Profiles and Employment Podcasts page.


*Data is taken from the Unistats website (