What kind of careers are there for bioscience graduates?
All of our degree programmes give students the necessary skills to pursue a broad range of careers in the scientific industry, whether in scientific research and development, analysis and investigation, technical support; patent work, teaching, health care or scientific writing and journalism.
Many bioscience graduates go on to further study in order to enhance employability by increasing research skills or specialist knowledge. This enables students to apply for a wider variety of jobs and, in many cases, enter at a higher level.
Naturally, if you have chosen one of our professionally accredited programmes – Pharmacy, Physiotherapy or Nutrition & Dietetics – you will be qualified to work in that profession, pending your fulfilment of relevant post-graduation registration requirements.
Where are the jobs?
Bioscience graduates are most commonly employed in The National Health Service (NHS); pharmaceutical companies; contract research organisations (CROs); academic departments within universities; and government laboratories (including environmental agencies) - in research and development, clinical and technical support roles.
Additionally, pharmaceutical and food and drink companies will employ bioscience graduates in a wide range of specialist positions in quality assurance, manufacturing, marketing and management. Universities, schools and colleges employ graduates in teaching roles and newspaper/magazine groups offer positions in scientific writing and editing.
Experienced bioscience graduates enter a variety of jobs. Many science jobs will demand experience in the form of further qualifications and relevant work experience. Recruiters for senior roles in advertising, finance, sales and marketing will usually require applicants who have several years of work experience and possibly specialist qualifications.
What other careers can I do with a degree in bioscience?
Your degree qualification demonstrates that you have acquired a high level of education, and a degree from King’s is particularly well regarded by employers. You are not limited to following a career in science with a science-related degree as you will have acquired a broad range of transferable skills, both of an academic nature (eg data analysis) and social and personal development skills (eg team working and project leading). It’s worth noting that many job vacancies for graduates do not ask for specific degree disciplines.
Many employers are looking at the broad range of skills you have acquired by studying to degree level. What is more, a good degree in a biomedical science will make you eligible for careers in law, accountancy and finance, for example, however you will be required to do further professional training to work in these fields.
Whatever you choose to do, King’s Careers Service will give you lots of help and advice throughout your studies, with frequent seminars and, for example, practical sessions to improve your CV and interview skills.
The service can continue to provide support following your graduation and you will be eligible to join the GradClub.
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External resources and useful links
The Society of Biology offers valuable resources about the wide range of career options, which include the following recommendations: