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Insights Part 2: Find a graduate scheme: non-engineering routes into AtkinsRéalis

In the words of our President and CEO, Ian Edwards, ‘When we combine our differences, we truly make a difference’.

We welcome students from around 80 different degree backgrounds because we recognize the strength in diversity of skills and perspectives.

Our commitment is to engineer a better future for our planet and its people. By bringing together teams with varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise, we enhance our ability to deliver inclusive, accessible, and sustainable designs. 

Keep reading to uncover some of the lesser-known degree paths and the opportunities they can unlock at AtkinsRéalis. Or, explore the first installment of this series to explore more degree options.

Transport Planning

Having dedicated your studies to transportation systems, urban planning, and economic analysis - as well as knowing all there is about conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment - it’s time to put this knowledge into practice.

Joining AtkinsRéalis opens doors to opportunities like graduate schemes in airport planning and engineering or surveying. Whichever path you choose, you'll contribute to designing master plans and innovative smart solutions aimed at addressing the complex challenges of urban living.

App Development

Did you know the demand for developers is expected to increase from 17% to 24% by 2026? Though this growth might not immediately stand out, given the existing high demand for developers, it’s not hard to see the opportunities for professionals in this space.

 You could lead the way in pioneering new technologies and innovative approaches. Through our digital and technology graduate programme, you'll harness your skills in UX design, database management, and software architecture patterns to craft interfaces that prioritize user-centric design and accessibility.


You know your mineralogy from your petrology, and geological hazards and risk assessment were key themes in your academic journey. How does all this knowledge translate to the real world?

With your geology degree, you're primed for diverse opportunities within an environmental graduate scheme. Here, you could play a vital role in supporting government initiatives focused on reducing carbon emissions in the UK's energy sector. Alternatively, a waste management scheme might be better suited, where you can actively contribute to the sustainable allocation of resources and make a tangible difference.


The transition from university to the workplace can seem like a large leap.

Our graduate programmes are tailored to empower you to become an independent, objective advisor and trusted delivery partner. While they may stretch your boundaries, you have the flexibility to set your own pace. This is all part of our flexible working approach, where you’re trusted to achieve your best while structuring your time around what matters to you. It’s just one of the many benefits we offer our graduates.

For our astrophysics graduates, this journey involves exploring a whole new world. Although you may not find yourself engrossed in conversations about exoplanets and planetary systems, you'll have ample opportunities to apply your research methods.


You went to university to study how societies allocate scarce resources to satisfy human wants and needs. With your valuable degree in hand, the demand for your skills far outweighs the supply, presenting you with a myriad of opportunities to explore. As you navigate this landscape, you may find yourself wondering about the best path forward.

The options are far-reaching at AktinsRéalis, spanning:

  • Project management
  • Intelligent mobility and smart technologies
  • Safety and risk
  • Transport planning

No matter which role you choose at AtkinsRéalis, you can be sure that you’re supporting our goal of delivering outstanding project outcomes. Whether it's revitalizing communities with projects like Crossrail and Paradise Circus or innovating solutions that shape the future, your contributions will make a meaningful difference in the world.


In the nuclear industry, safety is paramount. As students, you delve into topics like nuclear safety principles and immerse yourself in the nuclear fuel cycle, power generation systems, and much more. Now, you might be wondering how you’ll apply this knowledge.

With AtkinsRéalis, you’re presented with various avenues to put your expertise to good use. Whether it's project management, waste management, or an environmental graduate scheme, each pathway is tailored to help you develop your confidence. Our goal is for you to complete your graduate scheme with valuable skills, lasting memories, and a strong foundation for your future career.


We're committed to blending traditional engineering with innovative technologies to improve transportation in our modern, interconnected world. Wondering how your telecommunications degree fits into this equation?

Your knowledge of network architecture and VoIP protocols can play a crucial role in shaping our solutions. Your degree offers exciting pathways, from rail consulting to transportation technology, or even a broader digital and technology graduate programme. Whatever route you take, you’ll join a team that asks questions and dares to see things differently.

Start your career journey with us

At AtkinsRéalis, we understand that our graduates seek more than just professional advancement. It's important to find a company that not only supports your career development but also prioritizes your personal growth. This means finding an environment where every voice is valued. For us, creating an inclusive space isn’t just about business, we truly believe it’s the right thing to do. 

Join us and explore the diverse non-engineering routes at AtkinsRéalis.