Biological Sciences graduates go on to secure careers in a wide variety of sectors Biological Sciences graduates go on to secure careers in a wide variety of sectors

Where can a degree in the biological sciences take you? Many of our graduates go on to work in biology-related employment: working within industrial laboratories for brewing, drug development or food production, in medical laboratories or forensic science, in environmental assessment or conservation management, in fundamental research at universities or scientific institutes, in the teaching profession, scientific patenting or the media.

Typically each year, about 35 per cent of our graduates continue into the higher degrees of MSc or PhD.

Some recent examples of careers in which our biological science graduates have gone into 6-12 months after graduation include:

  • Principal Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Microbiologist, Jeyes Ltd
  • Healthcare Science Practitioner (Genetics), NHS
  • Science Editor, Thomson Reuters
  • Biodiversity Information Officer, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Scientific Research Assistant, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • National Nature Reserve Warden, Natural England
  • Genetic Technologist, Addenbrookes Hospital
  • Investigational Scientist, Parkes Content Services
  • Research Assistant, RSPB
  • Countryside Access Liaison, Norfolk County Council
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute
  • Science Teacher, The Oxford School.

Graduates in the biological sciences are also highly regarded in the business and management sectors of employment, or are accepted on to the fast-track graduate training schemes now offered by many multi-national companies. This reflects the value of the transferable skills developed while studying towards a degree in the School of Biological Sciences.