Graduates of the courses are deemed to have a highly attractive skill set by both academia and industry. We have a high proportion of graduates who are offered either fully funded PhD places or jobs in UK industry (eg biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food and medical sciences sectors) as a result of this course.
The University itself - with its location in Nottingham - is surrounded by many high-tech pharmaceutical and biotech small-medium-enterprise companies, in addition to the Pharmaceutical and Food ‘giants’ such as Astra Zeneca, Boots, Riker 3M, Mars-Pedigree, Northern Foods, Cotts, Walkers, and United Biscuits. As such, job opportunities may arise in these companies who share a good relationship with the University.
MSc student case studies
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 82% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,076 with the highest being £38,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.