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What can I do with a GEPS degree?

Careers (for information on recents grads, see below!)

The MSc in Global Environment, Politics and Society opens up a wide variety of career opportunities and scope for further study. This social science-based, multidisciplinary, practice-oriented programme enables students to understand and analyse environmental concerns in their context and prepares them to inhabit spaces that require both academic and practical skills.

The vast majority of our graduates go on to career posts, PhD projects or internships related to the GEPS programme, including at the UNEP Regional Office for North America, the UNEP Environmental and Security Initiative, the UN’s ESCAP office in Thailand, the Viborg Kommune, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the World Conservation Monitoring Centre at Cambridge University, RSPB, and World Vision. As of 2017, over 65% of all our graduates are engaged in careers or PhD study directly linked to the environment, politics,  sustainability, societal or governmental relations.

You will find below a list of career destinations, possible career pathways, associations and networks that facilitate these pathways, and information about the University Careers Service.

Career Destination of GEPS students

Here’s a partial list of the career destinations of our GEPS students.  Our recent graduates have gone on to hold positions with the following organisations:

Several other graduates have gone on to funded PhD study in the US and the UK

Career pathways (non-exhaustive list):

You'll see the range of careers is wide but most end up in these areas:

Weblinks for associations and networks of interest to GEPS students and graduates (non-exhaustive list):

University Careers Service:

All enrolled students have access to the Edinburgh University Careers Service during the programme. The service provides both general and specific guidance on career options (including dedicated series on 'Eco-Careers), career fairs, talks and training sessions. They offer assistance with a CV, applications forms and interview preparation, and helps in exploring further study options. Appointments can be arranged on the day or in advance online. Enrolled students can access the service by dropping in to the third floor of the Main Library on George Square, calling 0131 650 4670, or having a look at their website (