After your degree

After your degree

Seven months after graduating, over half of our 2016 graduates were in further study (PhD, Masters or Medicine degree). In total, a record high of 86% are in good graduate jobs. About 50% of these are science related, including teaching and the NHS Scientist Training Programme, and 50% are straight business jobs.

What job will I get?

There are many options open to graduates from all of our degrees, both in science and beyond it. Many of our students go on to work in research labs for major companies and the NHS, and our alumni includes graduates who are helping to provide, for example, clean drinking water to the general population, counselling to people at risk of genetic illnesses and new findings in the fight against disease. Others have gone on to work in teaching, business and management, and often say that the hands-on practical projects they got to do as part of their courses gave them the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Below, some of our graduates explain what they are up to now.

Supporting you all the way

Careers support is available throughout your course – for example, your one-to-one tutorial sessions are a chance for you to have your CV reviewed by your personal tutor, as well as receiving advice to help you get your first job.

The University Careers Service won a national award in 2015 and provides help, both while you study and after you graduate, and offers general advice on CV writing, applications, interviews, psychometric tests and careers skills. There are also workshops, leaflets, tips and talks tailored to MBB students to help you get a job, events where you can meet prospective employers, and opportunities for you to get work experience or a part-time job while you study.

Careers advice for MBB students

Many of our graduates go on to a career in scientific research. But there are many more career options. Below we give a sample of the varied careers that are possible. You can also visit this link to see video interviews with three of our final year students.

Continuing your studies

Cutting edge research is at the heart of everything we do in MBB, and many of our students choose to stay with us to become full time research students. Over half of our graduates go on to do further study, at MSc or PhD level. There are many opportunities within the Department.

We offer MSc courses in Human and Molecular Genetics, and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, if you are interested in pursuing a career in molecular genetics diagnostic laboratories, or any branch of molecular biology research.

MSc Human and Molecular Genetics

MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Claire MonkClaire Monk, BSc Molecular Biology
Head Brewer, Welbeck Abbey Brewery

"I knew that I always wanted to run my own business, but then through my work as president of the course society, I got chatting to the head of the department. He knew the owner of the Kelham Island Brewery and things went from there. The greatest part about studying at the University of Sheffield was that the lecturers have all worked within the industry and therefore students can gain a lot from their time with them. My work as Activities Officer in the Sheffield Students' Union was vital – you really get to know the business side of things, top-level management, and how a business works."

Find out more about Claire's life after graduation

Lucy SpencerLucy Spencer, BSc Medical Genetics.
Trainee Healthcare Scientist in Genetics, NHS

"I have always wanted to work in diagnostic genetics, and so applied for the highly competitive NHS Scientist Training Programme in Genetics whilst in the final year of my degree. The opportunities that arose during my time at Sheffield, including my third year project and involvement in the MBB Society, helped to make my application stand out. My degree gave me a strong grounding for the knowledge that I will gain from the training programme, and complements the content of the MSc that I have to complete during the course. 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."

Francine MartinFrancine Martin, BSc Biochemistry.
Clinical Biochemist, NHS

"Clinical biochemistry involves the study of chemicals in bodily fluids which become altered upon disease conditions and the results are used to help diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. As a Clinical Biochemist I am responsible for interpreting and validating results in collaboration with medical staff. The BSc in Biochemistry which I obtained from the University of Sheffield has given me the sound background knowledge that I needed for this job, and the laboratory projects in the final year of the degree inspired me to pursue a career in science."

Karen DoddKaren Dodd, BSc Genetics and Microbiology.
Research and Development Project Manager, Reckitt Benckiser

"I'm currently working as a Research and Development Project Manager for Reckitt Benckiser, a fast moving consumer goods company. It was my degree in Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Sheffield which really helped me get my foot in the door and kick-started my career. Starting off as a research and development microbiologist, I was able to demonstrate a solid scientific background supported by my third year degree projects which still get discussed in interviews ten years later."

Steve BoothStephen Booth, BSc Biochemistry.
Financial Services, KPMG

"I found my course fascinating but know that eventually I wanted to move into the business sector. The great thing about the culture of the department and of the University of Sheffield was that it gave me many chances to develop skills outside the purely academic, including roles within the MBB Society and through the Union's award schemes. This gave me great confidence and the skills I required when it came to the demanding recruitment procedures for firms such as KPMG."

Emma WilsonEmma Wilson, BSc Biochemistry.
Publisher, Royal Society of Chemistry

"My first job was as the editor of the journal Trends in Biochemical Sciences with Elsevier. I stayed at Elsevier for seven years, becoming deputy publisher and doing a secondment with the business development team. I am now Director of Publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry, leading all of the Society's publishing activities in journals, books, databases and magazines. It's a great job, I use my scientific knowledge, stay close to the scientific community, as well as getting involved in the business side of publishing and developing new products. I am particularly interested in how the globalisation of research is impacting scholarly communications."

Sharan NanuanSharan Nanuan, MBiolSci Biochemistry & Microbiology.
Technology Consultant, EY

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here at MBB, not least because I have been able to apply my knowledge to a real independent research project during my fourth year. I have also been involved in many extracurricular activities including promoting widening participation as a science and engineering ambassador. One of the most notable experiences of my time here was the opportunity to represent the university in a global synthetic biology competition held in Boston, USA, eventually winning gold in the finals. On completion of my degree, I will be joining EY as a Technology Consultant within Financial Services Advisory, where I hope to continue to apply the solid critical thinking and problem solving skills I have developed over the course of my studies here. "

Matt HarrisMatt Harris, MBiolSci Biochemistry.
Officer Cadet, British Army

"I have recently completed the Army Officer Selection Board and gained a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which I intend to take up in the near future. My aspiration is to graduate into the Intelligence Corps as a reserve officer specialising in Operational Intelligence. As reservists work part-time, I will also be looking for a job in a biotechnology firm, utilising all the knowledge I have gained during my 4 years in MBB and especially the vital bioinformatic and practical lab skills I developed during my 3rd and 4th year projects."

Emily SimsEmily Sims, BSc Molecular Biology.
Lloyds graduate scheme

"Whilst I found my degree in MBB rewarding and interesting, I knew that in the future I wanted to go on to work in a different field. Therefore, after being a member of the Lloyds Scholars programme throughout my degree, I decided that this was the career path I wanted to pursue and applied and was accepted onto the graduate scheme. Although I will not be directly using the scientific knowledge learned in MBB, I believe my degree choice has given me the transferable skills such as a logical way of thinking, problem solving, and reading/ collating information to aid in the building of a successful career."

Agne JovaisaiteAgne Jovaisaite, BSc Molecular Biology.
Graduate Entry Medicine

"A life-long interest in science led me to study Molecular Biology at Sheffield. Here, I became fascinated with how scientific knowledge can be used to improve and save lives, which led me to pursue a career as a doctor. I would not have been able to reach this decision without the invaluable experience I have gained during my time at MBB. The course allowed me to step into the medical degree with a thorough understanding of the key principles behind biochemistry, microbiology, genetics and molecular biology. MBB has also provided me with a diverse range of opportunities including individual and group work, written tasks and laboratory projects, which have helped to transform my approach to learning and self-management, and have greatly enhanced my communication skills."

Arron DouganArron Dougan, BSc Biochemistry.
Technology Consultant, KPMG UK

"Studying Biochemistry at Sheffield was a fascinating experience. It allowed me to gain an insight into cutting edge developments in research as well as a robust set of analytical and report writing skills. During my three years I immersed myself in the inclusive MBB community and actively contributed through time as the MBB Undergraduate Society President. This experience combined with other volunteering roles in the Students’ Union allowed me to transition into working life with confidence. I now work as a Technology Consultant for KPMG, a global leader in professional services. My role allows me to practice my passion for science and technology in a business orientated environment."

Lara GrewLara Grew MBiolSci Genetics & Microbiology
Downstream Process Scientist, Allergan

"I have always enjoyed the practical aspects of science, but I wanted to explore other options before committing to a PhD. I applied for a year in industry placement at Allergan Biologics in Speke and was successful. I have been working in Downstream Process development, ie designing purification strategies for therapeutic molecules and medicines. Combining my industrial placement and my fourth year masters project allowed me to have the full working experience without putting my academic career on hold. During my time with the company I was offered a full time position once my project work was done and I jumped at the opportunity. Whilst I’m not putting the thought of a PhD completely out of my mind, having a job doesn’t mean I’m going to stop learning."

Nik MuldalNik Muldal MBiolSci Biochem & Micro
Festival Coordinator, Cheltenham Science Festival

"This job has put me right into the forefront of Science Communication and running major events to showcase science in a public setting. Previously I worked as a Science Explainer at Newcastle’s Centre for Life. There I was essentially part-teacher, running classes on everything from paleontology for pre-schoolers to rat dissections with adult trainee nurses, and part-performer, doing solo science theatre and planetarium shows. My fledgling career started when I got involved with outreach during my time at Sheffield, and my passion for science was bolstered by what I got exposed to during my degree. To anyone interested in this path, you should start with getting experience of engaging with different groups: be it volunteering on outreach projects for the university; joining societies that get involved with public displays; or looking for temporary opportunities with science centres or science festivals. It’s a great thing to be able to get others to become as passionate about our subject as we can be!"