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 17 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 61%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 47%
Self-employment/freelancing 12%
Running my own business 6%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 35%
Taking time out to travel 0%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 0%
Doing something else 0%

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
Defence activities 2
General public administration activities 1
Other human health activities 1
Other sectors (4 sectors) 4

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Nico.lab
  • British Army
  • Audit Wales

Examples of occupations

  • Graduate Market Specialist
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Auditor
  • Business Developer

Further study

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 14%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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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