Your career

Whether you want to enter academia or industry, progress onto further study, or you’re just not sure, as a bioscience student we’ll give you 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.

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Developing your skills and gaining experience

Science degrees aren't just about science, you'll also develop the transferable skills that employers are looking for through the day-to-day teaching of your degree, from teamwork, problem-solving and communication skills, to analytical skills, critical thinking, leadership skills and project management.

No matter which career path you choose to pursue after graduation, we'll make sure you have plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience to help you get there. For students who are considering a career in research, our integrated masters programmes have been designed to equip you with the advanced laboratory skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career in science. If you're keen to test out a specific career path, inside or outside the lab, and earn a salary while you're doing it, spending year on placement is another great way to develop transferable skills and show employers that you're ready for the world of work.

When it comes to showcasing the skills and experience you've gained during your time at Sheffield, there's plenty of support available both within your department and from the University's Careers Service who run workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. Through the service you'll have access to tips tailored to bioscience students, events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get additional work experience while you study. The Careers Service will continue to support you for three years after you graduate, too.

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What can I do with a biosciences degree?

Whether you want to pursue a career in science, apply your skills in industry, or continue your studies, bioscience graduates are highly sought after due to their ability to handle data, work under pressure, and communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences.

Some of our graduates choose to progress onto a PhD or other postgraduate training in areas such as medicine, neuroscience, genetic counselling or teaching. Others enter a vast range of industries:

Research

A number of our students enter academic research, working in higher education or research institutions across the globe. Many students choose to pursue a career in industrial research, often in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, for employers such as GSK, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser).

Applying bioscience

Working in healthcare, across the NHS, private healthcare providers or charities is another way that our graduates use their transferable skills and knowledge. Many organisations demand graduates who understand science to work in roles such as communication, market research and business development too.

Science communication is another popular career route for our graduates who are often inspired to study the biosciences by seeing the natural world on screen and getting involved in outreach work throughout university.

If conservation or ecological consultancy is something that you're passionate about, each year a number of our graduates secure roles working at zoos, botanical gardens, nature reserves and conservation and wildlife organisations.

Beyond science

Sheffield is a World Top 100 University, and a good degree from a great university can take you far, whatever you want to do. We have graduates using their scientific minds in everything from law, human resources and marketing, to IT and accountancy.

Example job titles

  • Forensic Analyst
  • Cytogenetics technologist
  • Clinical Scientist
  • Accountant
  • Medical Writer
  • Healthcare Practitioner
  • Head Brewer
  • Ecologist
  • Tax Consultant
  • Science Journalist
  • Science Teacher
  • Marketing Officer

Example employers

  • NHS Foundation Trusts
  • GSK
  • Chester Zoo
  • AstraZeneca
  • KPMG
  • Natural History Museum
  • Soil Association
  • RB