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 2016, 94% 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 £24,495 with the highest being £37,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career prospects and employability
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and
can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and
specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.
Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills
workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.
** The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.