Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences careers

The University of Nottingham has one of the best records for successful graduate employment in the country and is consistently targeted by some of the top employers in the world.  Support for career development is provided throughout your study both at a course level through the Academic and Transferable Skills Portfolio and at University level through the Careers and Employability Service. The first group of Natural Sciences students graduated in July 2012 and have gone on to pursue a mixture of further study and graduate training opportunities.  To hear from some of our graduates themselves please visit the graduate profiles page.

Some of our recent graduate have gone on to further study in areas including:

  • MSc Regenerative Medicine & Cancer Genetics, Manchester
  • MSc Population Biology, Bath
  • PhD Mathematics, Nottingham
  • PhD Pathology, Oxford and National Institute for Biological Control

Others have gone directly into careers in a wide range of areas including:

  • Carl Alexander - Strategy and Research Funding Graduate, Cancer Research UK
  • Sarah-Anne Bee - Analyst in Global Markets, Barclays Investment Bank
  • Frances Hamilton - Graduate Flood Risk Engineer, Pell Frischmann (Consulting Engineers)
  • Maya Kolaska - Business Consultant, BAE Systems
  • Daniel Gallanders - Science Teacher, Teach First

Careers and Employability Service 


The Careers and Employability Service provides a vital service for students of the University both during their degree and once they have graduated. It helps you to explore career ideas, find opportunities for work and further study, make effective applications and develop the skills you need for the career you want. The service offer a range of lectures and workshops on finding graduate employment or further study, preparing CVs, writing application forms, preparing for interviews and making the most of work experience. In addition advisors are available for both short and long consultations to discuss any issues or concerns and the centre itself contains a wealth of resources to assist you in finding the career or course for you.

The centre also organizes recruitment and information events with many employers and the Graduate Recruitment Fairs which are attended by the top employers in the UK. The Careers and Employability Service does not stop working with you once you have finished your degree at Nottingham. The advisors are very happy to hear from former students and provide them with advice and guidance. They also work in partnership with the Alumni Office to organise events for graduates helping them to keep in touch with the University.

Careers and employment opportunities 


Scientific research at the boundaries of the traditional disciplines is becoming of greater importance. As a result, employers are increasingly looking for graduates with expertise in multiple science subjects. Successfully completing a Natural Sciences degree provides students with academic knowledge in more than one science subject alongside professional and transferable skills such as time management, communication and problem solving. A Natural Sciences degree leaves you well prepared regardless of the career path you choose.

Nearly a third of science graduates from Nottingham choose to continue with further study once they have finished their degree. This can be explained by the fact that a higher degree is considered an essential requirement for a lot of scientific careers. Further study can be used to develop your understanding of a specialist area or to gain new skills which allow you to supplement your existing knowledge for a specific career. This can include courses like the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Graduate-Entry Medicine, Law or Veterinary Medicine, Masters Degrees (MSc, MA, MRes) and Research Degrees (MPhil or PHD).

Some of our graduates will seek out one of the numerous graduate employment opportunities which are available. Most employers in the graduate employment market see a science graduate as someone who has demonstrated an ability to work through a demanding course of study and acquired a variety of technical and other transferable skills which make them highly desirable. Roles within the graduate employment market include: management, finance, banking, marketing, retail, public relations, consultancy, sales, recruitment and business in a wide range of sectors.

Other students are aiming for a more specific scientific career. There are many different roles which you can choose in science including research and development, product and process development, manufacturing, technical writing, management, consultancy, data management, IT support, human resources, marketing, logistics and sales. These roles can be found in numerous industries including:

  • Academic and Industrial Research
  • Aerospace
  • Agrochemical
  • Biomedical
  • Climate Change
  • Clinical and Health Science
  • Conservation 
  • Defense
  • Energy
  • Environmental Consultancy  
  • Forensics
  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Government Research Institutes
  • IT and Software Design 
  • Museum Curatorship
  • Nanotechnology
  • Oceanography
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Science Journalism and PR
  • Teaching
  • Telecommunications  


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Natural Sciences

School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham
University Park

Tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2376
Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3555