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Geology BSc(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

Career prospects for graduate geologists are good. With our ever-increasing need for sustainable resources, the skills of the geologist are in demand. Kingston-trained geologists work all over the world in industry, commerce and academia.

Approximately one in four of our graduates go on to take MSc or PhD studies.

Graduate successes

Two of our recent Geology BSc(Hons) graduates have won prestigious awards.

Delano Henry

Delano won the British Sedimentological Research Group Prize for Best UK Undergraduate Sedimentology Project 2013/14 for his project dissertation 'Outcrop Study of the Bridport Sands and Sherwood Sandstone, Major Reservoir Intervals in the Wytch Farm Oilfield'.

This prestigious national prize celebrates undergraduate skills and achievement in sedimentology and is given to the best final-year undergraduate sedimentological project.

The project was supervised by Professor Ian Jarvis. Delano is currently taking the Petroleum Geology MSc course at Imperial College, for which he was awarded a full scholarship.

Rob Buchanan

Rob was awarded the Richard Fox Shield by the Thames Valley Group of the Geological Society after participating in their Young Geologist competition. As part of the competition, Rob gave a 15-minute talk entitled 'Looking beneath the Lizard Complex: crustal melting during ophiolite obduction', on the geology of the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

Women in sciencePart of our women in science series – find out about Penny Holliday, who graduated in 1988 with a first-class Geological Sciences BSc(Hons).

She is currently a senior physical oceanographer at the National Oceanography Centre.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Geologist
  • Applied geologist
  • Environmental geologist


  • Schlumberger
  • GCG
  • Environment Agency
  • Mouchel Parkman

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

Students practising interview skills at a 'speed interviewing' eventThe team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, here students are practising their interview skills with employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

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