Career opportunities

Geography as a discipline equips students with the necessary skills and understanding to pursue a diversity of careers or further professional training in related fields. Students will be prepared for careers that demand scientific, humanities and social sciences responses and approaches to core issues that define our times. Their flexibility, adaptability and wealth of transferable skills make geographers sought after in multiple areas of civil and economic life.

Recent graduates have gone to a wide variety of careers in:

  • Government sector, e.g. local and national authorities, NGOs, charities and voluntary organisations.
    • The ability of geography graduates to understand and communicate complex issues, synthesise large amounts of information from multiple sources, and their appreciation for the human and environmental dimensions of problems and their solutions means that they are well suited to work across these sectors.
  • Private-sector industries, e.g. engineering or environmental consultancies, tech businesses, water companies, graduate entry schemes in a wide range of businesses etc.
    • Geography graduates can work across sciences and social sciences in unique ways that have positive implications for all areas of industry, as well as offering specific spatial analysis skills. Graduates from UCD geography can analyse spatial data using ArcGIS, engage with social research, and critically examine data, making them sought after in these industries.
  • Education, e.g. teaching, science communication roles and knowledge transfer.
    • The ability of geography students to clearly communicate complex concepts means they are well suited to roles in education. Throughout their degree, they are exposed to many different ways of learning (e.g. in the classroom vs fieldwork, student-led vs teacher-led etc.) that equips them with experience of different teaching methods for different subjects.
    • Upon completing their undergraduate studies, geography students are well-positioned for entry into competitive Masters and PhD programmes. The range of interests and expertise in UCD Geography offers interdisciplinary possibilities that enable graduates to pursue research in ground-breaking areas. Some graduates will go on to forge academic careers as researchers and/or lecturers.
  • Academic, e.g. further study as PhD students.
    • Upon completing their undergraduate studies, geography students are well-positioned for entry into competitive Masters and PhD programmes. The range of interests and expertise in UCD Geography offers interdisciplinary possibilities that enable graduates to pursue research in ground-breaking areas. Some graduates will go on to forge academic careers as researchers and/or lecturers.

Our alumni show the wealth and breadth of our geography degrees' possibilities and where they can take you.

Develop your career prospects even further through our Master's programmes.