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Ridhima Gupta, BSc Environmental Geography Graduate 2011

"I'm working as an intern at WWF-India in the Water Resources and Policy Department. At present I'm working on the 'Living Ganga Program' which aims to introduce the concept of 'Environmental Flows' in India through policies and by influencing relevant stakeholders. My 3 year degree managed to cover quite a wide array of topics in detail, all of which are relevant at WWF."

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Ben Tanish-Griffiths, BA Geography Graduate 2011

"I work for London Citizens the UK's largest civic alliance, with over 250 schools, synagogues, churches, mosques, charities, youth clubs, trade unions and other local associations. They collaborate to strengthen London's vibrant civil society and work together for the common good. Just before I graduated in 2011 I joined London Citizens' Money Mentors Summer project, 'Mission: Money Mentors', where I worked with other undergraduates to deliver financial education to thousands of young Londoners. The connections I made during my time at the School of Geography at Queen Mary were really useful when it came to finding my job."

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Daisy Ashby, BA Geography Graduate 2008

Now working as a Project Officer for the Department of Trade and Economic Development – Government of South Australia.

"My time at the School of Geography at Queen Mary helped me prepare for my job by making me feel confident enough in my own ideas to speak my mind and equipping me with integrity and a sense of ethical standards."

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Jen Lines, Geography Graduate (2005-2008)

"The Geography Department is excellent, the lecturers and lab technicians are awesome, and are happy to help with any issues or queries (as long as you put in the effort of course!). The opportunity to go on such a large number of field-trips means you get to know everyone on your course really well, which doesn’t happen in a lot of other courses. I have made friends for life doing Geography at QMUL, and the course has been fantastic in helping me decide what I want to do in the future; equipping me well for an MSc in Soil Science I am starting in 2009. I would thoroughly recommend QMUL to anyone who loves Geography!"

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Erica Pani, Cities, Economy and Social Change BA Graduate (2006-2009)

"I had been working in the print industry and I was looking to expand my horizons when I came across the Queen Mary course. My course was within the geography department, but covered a range of subjects including human geography, economics and health. I was told by friends that in the first year you just put your feet up and ate chocolate biscuits, but I have never worked so hard in my life. There were so many different concepts to grasp, but I found it really stimulating and enjoyed it thoroughly. I would recommend this course to anyone my age – it was probably the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. The tutors were so willing to listen to my ideas and they were really flexible in allowing me to develop my own theories. I have won a scholarship from the Economics and Social Research Council to stay at Queen Mary to study for an MA and then a PhD. Through my research I’m looking to examine the self-regulation of financial markets and the human side of economics."
(The Independent 7 August 2009)

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Rachna Kanzaria, BSc (Econ) Geography and Economics Graduate (2006-2009)

"I'm now a secondary school teacher, teaching geography and economics. The Queen Mary Geography department has an excellent reputation with very friendly staff and a great variety of courses to choose from. Queen Mary helped me prepare for my job by helping me with time management and learning how to present to large groups of people in the different modules I studied. There are a number of ways Geography students thinking of becoming a teacher can prepare for getting a teaching job. The first thing I would suggest is joining the Student Associates Scheme, which allows you to gain experience in a school and pays you to do it! After that, you can apply for some sort of teaching qualification such as the PGCE or GTP."


In the UK as a whole, Geography and Environmental Science are in the top ten subjects with regards to graduate employment rates. The School of Geography at Queen Mary is one of the UK’s very best, so achieving a good degree here will open up a wide range of potential career choices to you. The School of Geography also offers an ongoing programme of career development support.

All our Geography and Environmental Science graduates can expect to leave us with a range of both subject specific and transferable skills, including skills relating to data collection and analysis, the interpretation and evaluation of complex ideas and evidence, problem solving, individual and group project management, teamwork, IT and communication. These skills can be used in almost any career and are essential for graduates who choose post-graduate study or professional conversion courses.

Careers for Geographers
Geographers graduating from Queen Mary will develop a range of skills and acquire knowledge and understanding that is directly relevant to a variety of specific careers. For example, if you have an interest in global affairs and have studied gender and development modules, this might lead you into a career as a civil servant in a government department such as DFID, or as an aid worker or a charity officer. Alternatively, your interests might lie in the business world, where your knowledge of global financial change and global economic growth would allow you to consider a career as a financial risk assessor or location analyst. Visit the careers and further study website of the RGS/IBG to explore more career choices available to you.

Careers for Environmental Scientists
Our Environmental Science graduates will develop a range of skills and acquire knowledge and understanding that is directly relevant to a career in the environmental field. For example, if you are interested in environmental issues and wish to contribute to scientific and political debates about the causes of, and responses to, such issues, you might consider a career as an environmental campaign organiser for a major NGO such as Greenpeace. If your interests are less issues-based, your degree would also allow you to pursue a career within governmental departments and agencies or within commercial organisations as an environmental consultant or engineer, an environmental impact officer, or a conservation worker. Visit the Prospects website for environmental science graduates to explore more career choices available to you.

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