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MSc Environmental Governance / Careers

Year of entry: 2024

Career opportunities

MSc Environmental Governance responds to a growing need for social, economic and political experts in the environmental field, and our graduates are highly employable in what is an expanding sector.

Graduates possess theoretical knowledge, political understanding and practical research skills, preparing you for careers in either the public, private or voluntary environmental sectors, or for further research on environmental governance within a university or think-tank environment.

You will be equipped to work for organisations like the Environment Agency, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Soil Association, and the Department of Environment Food and Agriculture, among many others.

Our students have been particularly successful in obtaining funded PhD places and gaining employment with private consultancies and international NGOs.

Geography graduates in general have particularly great employment prospects and go on to shape environmental policy through positions in the public and private sectors.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in areas including consultancy, research, non-governmental organisations, project management, environmental management, agriculture and forestry, environmental sciences, energy, oil and gas, marketing, finance and water.

Top employers include:

  • DEFRA; 
  • the Environment Agency; 
  • Natural England; 
  • the Organic Soil Association; 
  • the UK Atomic Energy Authority; 
  • UNEP.

Careers support

The University has its own dedicated  Careers Service  that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of  opportunities to help boost your employability

Careers support for international students

The Careers Service provide specialist resources, advice and events for international students to help with career planning and making the most of your time while studying in Manchester.

Global networks

The University of Manchester is proud to have the largest global alumni community of any campus-based university in the UK.

International alumni groups are a great way to keep in touch with fellow Manchester graduates in your country, and provide an opportunity to build professional and social networks.