MSc Environmental Consultancy careers

MSc Environmental Consultancy has proved very attractive to employers because of the vocational relevance of the teaching programme. You'll receive training and gain skills which are in demand in the environmental sector.

Over half of our past graduates have secured employment within the growing environmental consultancy sector, working mainly on development-related impact assessment (EIA), particularly in the renewable energy sector. In addition to EIA, a large proportion of our postgraduates are finding employment as environmental managers, developing and implementing environmental management systems (EMS), aimed at natural resource protection, legal compliance and cost reductions.  

Our work placements have proved very successful with up to 20 per cent of graduates from our programme annually securing employment though their placement providers (Acorn Ecology, ARGANS, Marine Ecological Surveys, Penarth Management, Westcountry Rivers Trust and URS). 

Employers range from the small and medium-sized specialist ecological consultancies (Marine Ecological Surveys, Ecospan, FPCR architects, Hydrock and Thomson Ecology) to the large multinational engineering companies (AECOM, Hyder Consulting, RPS Group and Royal Haskoning).

A small but significant number of our postgraduates find employment within voluntary and statutory environmental sectors, particularly the Environment Agency for those with interests in water pollution and coastal marine protection. Postgraduates from developing nations take advantage of the training provided at Plymouth in waste and water management, many securing employment with their respective governments in environmental protection. 

Previous employment successes build on the research expertise that Plymouth has in marine sciences, EMS, waste minimisation, evaluation of contaminated environments, environmental law, geographical information systems, planning policy and in ecological impact assessment.

Job analysis

Our 2011-2013 job analysis demonstrates that a large proportion of our students gained jobs within the environment job sector against a challenging economic climate.

Six of these students were taken on by the company where they completed their eight week work placement.


Placements in the environmental sector will give you an invaluable insight into the environmental business sector and, in many cases, has led to permanent positions being offered by employers.

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