Biochemistry graduate destinations

A Biochemistry degree provides graduates with skills applicable to a broad range of careers, especially where their analytical, problem-solving, research and IT skills are highly valued.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Biochemistry courses (BSc), including courses with industrial experience
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 63 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 79%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 54%
Self-employment/freelancing 0%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 27%
Taking time out to travel 2%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 18%
Doing something else 0%

Sector information

Biochemists sometimes enter careers not directly related to the content of their studies. Large numbers of graduate vacancies (currently around 70%) are open to graduates of any degree discipline, and areas where Biochemists have found work include manufacturing, finance, IT and careers within the public sector.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates

Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products


Public relation and communication activities


General secondary education


Other human health activities


Regulation of activities providing health care, education etc.

Other sectors (15 sectors) 15

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Visa Europe
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
  • Atkins plc
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
  • Ipsos MORI

Examples of occupations

  • Method Development Scientist
  • Business Analyst
  • Account Executive
  • Consultant
  • NHS Graduate Management Trainee

Further study

24 graduates entered further study in the first six months after graduation. Of these, the majority were undertaking higher degrees by research (e.g. Biological Sciences (PhD), Molecular Microbiology (PhD)). Some graduates were undertaking taught Master's programmes, e.g. Genomic Medicine (MSc), Genetics of Human Disease (MSc), and two were undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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