Careers

What job will I get?

Lots of workplaces today are built around biological science graduates. In-depth knowledge of organisms and ecosystems is central to environmental policy, healthcare and conservation so it's no wonder that 91% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degree (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17). Our students are also in a great position to work at the forefront of emerging disciplines such as data science and green technology.

Our students go on to inspire others, as teachers and museum curators, science journalists and wildlife filmmakers. Some enter academia, the charitable sector or government. Others join one of the many industry-based graduate schemes that are open to people with a good degree from a top university.

Postgraduate study

If you're interested in continuing to study in Animal and Plant Sciences, we run three masters courses and have a range of PhD opportunities each year.

Postgraduate study in Animal and Plant Sciences

Applying science

Cropped version of Jayne Ashe's Photo

The knowledge and skills I learnt whilst studying at Sheffield have given me the building blocks to expand my experience and activity – inspiring different people of all ages and audience groups to be inspired by their local landscape and heritage.

Jayne Ashe, Community Engagement Officer, Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

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Further study

Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich

Studying at APS has not only been fun, which is what science is about for me, but also made my CV highly competitive for postgraduate studies. The opportunities I have been given have shaped my enthusiasm towards research.

Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich, PhD student, University of Cambridge

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Support while you study

As an Animal and Plant Sciences student, you'll get lots of support to help you work out what you want to do after graduation, and the steps you need to take to get there. All of our students have a personal tutor who can provide careers advice throughout your course, and our Careers for Biologists modules is designed to help you plan your career and find a great job after you've finished your degree.

The University's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer tips tailored to Animal and Plant Sciences students, events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study. Schemes such as the 301 Academic Skills Certificate will help you show employers that you're ready for the world of work. The Careers Service will continue to support you for three years after you graduate.

Careers Service

Spotlight 

Photojournalism 

Ben Cherry completed our BSc Zoology course, which led to an award-winning career as an environmental photojournalist.

Business

Joseph Earley

Through networking and making the most of opportunities available, I was able to amass experience and enter what I think is a niche area ready for development – drawing from science’s methodologies and applying this to ethical, sustainable business.

Joseph Earley, Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Degree with Placement Year

Alysia, pictured, spent her year working at global confectionery company Mondelez, the organisation behind Cadbury and Philadelphia.

Cropped version of Alysia Dyke's photo

While on placement, I led and executed three new product development projects, researched and modified formulations, produced consumer testing standard samples, ran tasting sessions, and used analytical equipment to test bar breakage. This placement made me realise what I'd like to do in the future.

Alysia Dyke, BSc Biology with Employment ExperiencE READ MORE