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Graduates from the School of Biosciences are very successful in finding relevant employment, training or further study.

A biosciences degree provides a strong foundation for those who want to pursue a science, technical or related professional career , but equally equips students with broad employability skills allowing them to compete for positions across a range of professional fields.

What skills will I develop during my biosciences degree?

You will have had the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • analysis and problem solving
  • understanding of complex data
  • project and time management

If you have taken up the offer of a placement year, you will have developed further workplace skills and behaviours.

93% of graduates leaving biosciences courses in the 2015/16 academic year secured work or futher study within six months of graduating.


The destinations of biosciences graduates

Biosciences graduates are well placed to take advantage of the versatility which their degrees afford them and our graduates progressed  into jobs working in the:

  • NHS
  • food and drink production and manufacturing industries
  • bioscience industries
  • agriculture and land-based industries
  • environment and energy industries
  • veterinary and healthcare industries
  • pharmaceutical industries

They entered diverse range of professional, scientific, technical, quality control and commercial roles.

Others have pursued careers in public relations, healthcare communications, retail management, education, charity administration and in the public sector.

Further study pathways

Continuing on to a higher degree is a popular option for biosciences graduates. In 2015/6, 31% of graduates continued their studies within six months of graduating.

Examples of further study choices for graduates with a degree in:

  • plant, crop and applied biosciences pursued PhD programmes and taught masters courses in subjects such as sustainable bio-energy, law and environmental science and global food security
  • food and nutrition degrees pursued taught masters programmes and professional postgraduate qualifications that further prepare them for specific career fields such as dietetics, food production management, public health nutrition, brewing and teaching.
  • animal science or agriculture pursued taught masters courses in subjects such as animal welfare and behaviour, conservation biology, meat science and technology, immunology and assisted reproduction. A very small number commenced training in veterinary medicine. A number were training as science teachers
  • environmental science took taught masters courses in subjects such as environmental management, environmental biology, sustainability and rural and land management.

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