About Biosciences

There are many career opportunities available to bioscience graduates; whilst many choose to enter employment directly, around 25% of students continue their education further. Careers related to bioscience include: research & development, technical roles (e.g. research technician), specialist roles (e.g. ecologist), medicine, patent attorneys, teaching, science journalism, and scientific sales marketing.

Large companies in FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) or pharmaceuticals often run graduate recruitment schemes that have application deadlines from October to December. Be sure to do your research well in advance and apply in good time. A good place to start is to visit Durham University’s careers fair, which provides an excellent opportunity to discover more about companies currently recruiting and the skills and attributes they look out for in graduates. Also consider doing a studentship during the summer vacation to boost your employability and to discover whether a career in biosciences is for you. Many learned societies offer studentships to undergraduate students (mainly those in second year), which fund them to work in a university laboratory during the summer vacation. Societies that run this scheme include: Biochemical Society, British Ecological Society, Genetics Society, Society of Biology, Society for Endocrinology, Society for General Microbiology, and The Physiology Society.