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 46 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 81.6%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 45%
Part-time work 4%
Due to start work 0%
Full-time study 44%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 4%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 4%

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
Accounting and management consultancy 5
Health and social work 4
Education 4
Public sector 2
Manufacturing 2
Other sectors (9 sectors) 10

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • LeoPharma
  • Civil Service
  • NHS
  • KPMG
  • Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

Examples of occupations

  • Business Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Healthcare Scientist Assistant
  • Policy Advisor

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 typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 17
Postgraduate taught degree 5
Postgraduate certificate 2
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

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