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Department of Earth Sciences


Our degree is unique. Through studying Earth Sciences via the Natural Sciences scheme, you'll get a broader scientific training than on offer at most other institutions —  making Cambridge graduates highly sought after.  Our graduates work in sectors including: policy making, environmental geology, green energy solutions, hazards management or even disaster risk reduction and reinsurance.

Have a look at this poster from the Geological Society for more examples of how Earth Scientists can make a difference in society.

Briony Bowe


Head of Energy-related Products Policy, HM Treasury

Briony has used the analytical skills that she picked up during her degree to pursue a career in energy and climate change policy-making. She currently works for HM Treasury to assess how the UK will fund a transition to net zero carbon emissions.

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Dr Joel Gill


International Development Geoscientist—BGS

Joel’s decision to study Earth Sciences gave him a broad skill set of significant relevance to the tackling of global sustainability challenges—from disaster risk reduction, to climate change and water security.

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Bethany Jackson


Broker Specialist—Aon

Bethany has taken the broad skillset gained from her Earth Sciences degree—scientific and mathematical rigour, and the ability to effectively articulate an argument—into the financial services industry as an Insurance Broker.

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Jenny Knight (née Oates)



Jenny built up the teamwork skills that she relies upon in her workplace on Earth Sciences field trips, and uses her analytical expertise, which she honed during her degree, to determine the effectiveness of her marketing projects.

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Greg Palmer


Public Engagement Manager—Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (as of October 2021)

Greg’s Earth Sciences degree has motivated him to pass on his interest in our planet and engage people with the history of the Earth. He uses his scientific background to communicate the research and activities of the Stem Cell Institute to the public.

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Anna Prescott


Senior Engineer – CGL

Anna decided to use her training in Earth Sciences to make a difference to society through working as a geotechnical engineer. Anna uses the numerical and problem solving skills she gained every day in her job - on location at field sites and back in the office when working on desk studies.

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