Biological Sciences graduate destinations

A Biological Science 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

  • Biology (BSc and MSci)
  • Geology and Biology (BSc)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 125 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 81.7%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 38%
Part-time work 12%
Due to start work 2%
Full-time study 34%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 8%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 6%

Sector information

Biological Scientists enter a wide range of careers, not always 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 Biological Scientists have found work include education, recruitment, IT and careers within the public sector.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Finance and insurance 7
Wholesale and retail 7
Health and social work 5
Education 4
Other sectors (20 sectors) 35

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Cancer Research UK
  • Medical Research Council
  • UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  • AIG
  • RBS

Examples of occupations

  • Campaign Officer
  • Information Analyst
  • Associate Programme Officer
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Analyst

Further study

Graduates undertaking further study entered a wide range of programmes, including biological sciences research, e.g. Biological Sciences (PhD), Environmental Science (PhD); taught Master's programmes, e.g. Biology (MSc), Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences (MSc), Computer Science (MSc); and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 14
Postgraduate taught degree 20
Postgraduate certificate 3
First degree 3
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

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