Physiology graduate destinations

Physiology graduates develop excellent practical research, analytical and data interpretation skills, and have the ability to communicate findings and complex information both verbally and in writing. Their technical skills apply directly to the science sector, while other skills developed can transfer well into a wide variety of roles outside of science.

Data obtained from

  • Physiological Science (BSc)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 22 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 75.9%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 38%
Part-time work 6%
Due to start work 0%
Full-time study 38%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 16%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 6%

Sector information

Previous graduates have entered areas of work such as health, science and pharmaceuticals as well as finance, banking, IT and accounting. Physiology graduates are also able to access the 70% of graduate vacancies open to all graduates, as well as any related roles in science.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Wholesale and retail 1
Veterinary activities 1
Telecommunications 1
Other sectors (4 sectors) 4

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • BT
  • Vets4Pets
  • Public Health England
  • Rowan Dartington
  • Absolute Health

Examples of occupations

  • Finance Professional
  • Capital Gains Tax Assistant
  • Cardiac Physiology Technician
  • Management Trainee
  • Talent Acquisition Assistant

Further study

Over one quarter of 2016/17 graduates entered further study in the six months after graduation. Of these, some undertook postgraduate study in medicine e.g. Graduate Entry Medicine (MBBS or MBChB), as well as higher degrees in Exercise Physiology (MSc) and Physiotherapy (MSc).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 3
Postgraduate taught degree 2
Postgraduate certificate 0
First degree 1
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 0
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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The practical work undertaken at Bristol definitely pushed me one step ahead and was the reason I was able to do an internship and consequently my PhD now.

Elinam, Doctoral Student (BSc Physiological Sciences, 2009)

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