Careers in bioscience

Whether you study with us for a masters or a PhD, you'll have access to specialist training from world-class academics using state-of-the-art facilities. Develop the skills that employers want and see where your masters can take you.

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Develop in-demand skills

A masters degree is a great way to build up your CV with extra skills to help you stand out in a competitive job market. There is growing demand for skilled, multi-disciplinary bioscientists and our graduates work all over the world, with a great track record of finding jobs in areas ranging from conservation and science policy in government and NGOs, to PhD programmes worldwide, the NHS, and infection controls roles for biotechnology or pharmaceutical giants.

Who our graduates work with

By choosing the School of Biosciences for your postgraduate study you will also join our global alumni network, where 93% of our Bioscience graduates are employed in life sciences or related fields across the globe. Please navigate around the map below to see the fantastic careers of our graduates.

As you can see, our graduates secure exciting roles with high-profile employers, including:

  • GSK
  • KPMG
  • Lonza
  • AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer
  • NHS Scientist Training Programme
  • Russell Group universities
  • Covance
  • Max Planck Institute
  • Wellcome Sanger Institute
  • Stemcell Technologies
  • Mouchel
  • Keystone Environmental
  • BresMed
  • Almac Group
  • Hansen Wade

Careers support

Whether you are studying for a masters programme or PhD, you can visit the Careers Service to help you to explore your options through their online, one to one and group support. The Careers Service will then continue to support you for as long as you need them.

Working abroad

The Careers Service has expert teams working with employers all over the world to find out what skills they are looking for in graduates along with the Labour Market Information to support our graduates looking to work overseas or return to their home countries to further their careers. Our subscription to Going Global (accessible once you start your course) for registered students, provides you with useful information on over 120 locations worldwide, including useful country-specific information on recruitment practices, insider tips from local experts and global job search resources.

World-leading research

At Sheffield, you’ll learn from scientists who are helping to solve some of the biggest global challenges, from understanding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our food systems, to repairing breaks in DNA, associated with cancer and Motor Neurone Disease.

We work with organisations all over the world, putting our students at the forefront of crucial research to meet pressing global challenges, including combating infectious diseases like COVID-19 and antibiotic resistance in MRSA.

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International scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students, including undergraduate and postgraduate taught scholarships towards the annual tuition fee. Applications are open for existing offer holders.