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Geography and Environmental Science


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When you graduate from Geography and Environmental Science at Southampton you will become part of the University’s global community of over 183,000 alumni.

As a former student you will be able to take advantage of a range of benefits, services and events.

Wherever you are in the world we would love you to stay in touch with us, and with your fellow alumni from across the University.

Read about some of our Environmental Science graduates and their careers.

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Where are they now?

Find out what our alumni have to say about their time at Southampton and what they are doing now.

Photo of Lucy Aldrich Smith

I recently started up my own business, Big Green Plan, which specialises in corporate responsibility and sustainable communications in small and medium sized businesses. Big Green Plan was the Winner of a Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award.

Lucy Aldrich Smith - MEnvSci Environmental Sciences
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The field trips have been amazing. We went to Tenerife in second year and I’ve got memories from that trip that I don’t think I’ll be able to top; it was brilliant.

Sophie Allen - BSc Geography
Photo of Sophie Bailey

The lecturers are always incredibly engaging and it is clear they are truly passionate about their subjects. This makes a big difference to the lecture experience.

Sophie Bailey - BA Geography, 2013
Photo of Sarah Ball

University for me was also about gaining independence and I have been able to achieve this, particularly at Southampton, by having the opportunity to study abroad.

Sarah Ball - BA Geography, 2013
Photo of Emma Beagley

I am a Senior Consultant at ERM

Emma Beagley -
Photo of Kate Cooney

I was able to choose a variety of really interesting modules - from the political landscape of the Middle East, to the science of shopping.

Kate Cooney - BA Geography
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I've worked on reducing the environmental impact of major award winning projects in the Middle East, the length and breadth of Britain and I can't help but think the University of Southampton might have had a little something to do with it!

Ed Cremin - BSc Environmental Sciences
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I am an Environmental Consultant and also a business partner in my own Company.

George Crone -
Photo of Joshua Davies

I really liked the employability prospects from studying the course

Joshua Davies - Environmental Science
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I am now an Associate working for Ramboll

Georgina Dowling -
Photo of Ali Edmonds

The Geography department and combined Oceanography department were very strong, particularly in terms of research, which I thought would give me a fantastic platform for my academia alongside the opportunity to become involved in extracurricular activities.

Ali Edmonds - BA Geography
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Throughout my BSc course the University staff was generous with its support as were my fellow students, despite the fact that I was nearly three times their age.

Robin Garton - BSc Geography
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I am River Programmes Co-ordinator for Thames21, an environmental charity which works with volunteers across London to improve London’s waterways.

Alice Hall - BSc Environmental Sciences
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I enjoyed the choice of modules; you could do anything from climate change, to development and inequality in cities - you really get to shape the degree the way you want to.

Liam Harney - BA Geography, 2013
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The modules looked (and were) great, the staff were approachable, and the opportunities that arose from the course all attracted me, but it was the University (and its campus) as a whole that made me fall in love with Southampton

Rebecca Harvey - BA Geography
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Human Geography is very broad, so I have learnt about economic geography, cultural geography, tourism and many other areas. I find that you gain a broad general knowledge about the world, which I think every human being needs.

Mohamed Ibrahim - BA Geography
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My joint honours degree incorporated and allowed me to do 50 per cent of my modules at the National Oceanography Centre, giving me experience in the geological field.

Ben Lord - BSc Geography with Geology
Photo of Peter Newbold

The wide range of activities and modules as well as my dissertation stood me in great standing to get my first job with the RSPB on Ramsey Island.

Peter Newbold - MEnvSci Environmental Sciences
Photo of Ben Rich

Journalism is about getting to the bottom of the facts, fast, and then communicating them effectively – skills my Geography degree played a huge part in honing.

Ben Rich - BA Geography
Photo of Ian Rolls

I believe it was the firm foundations and expert help and support provided by the University of Southampton that helped me get started in my career.

Ian Rolls - BSc Environmental Sciences
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I now work for the Met Office as a military weather forecaster at RAF Benson.

Emma-Louise Staughton - BSc Environmental Sciences
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Having a relevant degree from a good university definitely makes you more attractive to employers, so it’s a great starting point. In my career so far my knowledge of ecosystem services, climate change, development, conservation and policy has been required for the job.

Sophie Van Eetvelt - MEnvSci Environmental Sciences
Photo of Jennifer Warhurst

Each summer I was able to gain work experience all of which helped to ensure a consultancy career was for me.

Jennifer Warhurst - Environmental Science
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