Career opportunities

A Biosciences degree from the University of Birmingham is an excellent qualification for securing your future career in a diverse range of industries and employment sectors.

Biosciences - all postgraduate destinations 2008/2009

Biosciences Postgraduate destionations2008-2009

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2008/09
The DLHE survey is conducted 6 months after graduation.

Top employers for our 2008/09 Biosciences graduates


  • ALcontrol Laboratories
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • National Health Service
  • National Poisons Information Service
  • Pfizer
  • Syngenta
  • The Health Protection Agency
  • University of Oxford

Top occupations for our 2008/09 Biosciences graduates

  • Bioscientist
  • Clinical Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Genetic Technologist
  • Immunologist
  • Investigative Toxicologist
  • Lab Technician
  • Medical Technical Officer
  • Research Fellow
  • Sales Assistant

Top courses of further study for our Biosciences graduates

  • EngD Chemical Engineering
  • MSc Forensic Science
  • MSc Toxicology
  • PhD Biosciences
  • PhD Clinical Genetics
  • PhD Immunity and Infection
  • PhD Medicine
  • PhD Molecular Biology
  • PhD Neuropharmacology
  • PhD Plant Physiology and Entomology

A large number of our students enjoy their subject so much that they choose to study for a PhD. This is an important step in many career paths for scientists particularly those who want a career in research. Our graduates are highly sought after by universities around the world, many stay in Birmingham and join one of our prestigious research groups. Did you know that PhDs are fully funded and that graduate students receive a tax free stipend equivalent to a salary?

Our students are an adventurous bunch; nearly 10% go travelling or work on conservation projects for a time after graduation before settling onto their permanent career path.

Helping you find the right career

The School of Biosciences Careers and Employability Coordinator and the University’s Careers and Employability Centre (CEC) are there to help you to improve your employability and to find the right career for you. Even if you are not yet sure what you want to do, an appointment with a Careers Advisor at the CEC will help you to clarify the kind of direction you want to take, and provide a plan for how to get there.