Careers

What job will I get?

Almost half of our graduates decide to continue their studies, by doing a PhD or other postgraduate training, as they begin scientific research careers. This can lead to jobs in universities, research institutes, businesses and the NHS. Our graduates also go straight into industry, particularly in the vast pharmaceutical industry and the growing biotechnology industry. Some work in food manufacturing or brewing.

Students can also apply their skills to roles outside of bioscience, from IT and business management, to accounting and insurance, to events management and teaching.

Postgraduate study

If you're interested in continuing to study in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, we run two masters degree courses and have a range of PhD opportunities each year.

Applying science

Lucy Spencer

When I qualify as a Healthcare Scientist, I will be working to analyse real patient cases and make a genetic diagnosis. It is very rewarding to be able to apply my knowledge to real life situations and have an impact on people's lives.

Lucy Spencer

Trainee Healthcare Scientist in Genetics, NHS

Case studies: Applying science

Further study

Rob Smith

During my industrial masters year I discovered that I love research and this pushed me to apply for a PhD. Sheffield has been a great place to develop as a scientist because of its world-leading researchs and friendly, accessible staff.

Rob Smith

PhD student, The University of Sheffield

Case studies: Further study

Business

Harry Slingsby

 

My degree is helping me in my current role as it taught me how to absorb and articulate large amounts of complex information, selectively choosing what is most relevant in a given situation.

Harry Slingsby

Business and Technology Associate,
Future Leaders Programme, GSK

Case studies: Business

Support while you study

As a Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 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 degree.

The University's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer tips tailored to molecular bioscience students, events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study. Schemes such as the Sheffield Graduate Award and the Skills for Work 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

Degree with Employment Experience

Jenny Bishop spent a year working at biotechnology company Kirkstall Ltd. She helped organise an international conference, developing project management skills that employers value.

Jenny Bishop

My knowledge of cell culture and biological systems has been very important for my placement... I can confidently talk with researchers using our system about their experiments and results.

Jenny Bishop, BSc Molecular Biology with Employment ExperiencE  READ MORE