The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

Careers & Employability

Whatever career path you decide to follow, you will be able to move on with a wealth of skills and a real competitive edge. Where you choose to study is of key significance for your future career options.

A careers fair at the University of Southampton
Postgraduate careers

Whether you want to pursue an academic career or follow a path in business or other sectors, undertaking postgraduate education that develops your personal and professional skills will give you the edge.

Research conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, for their Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, showed that six months after graduating, average postgraduate salaries were £5,500 to £7,500 higher than for those with a first degree alone. Postgraduate study at the University of Southampton will enable you to push the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen field and make a real contribution to your subject. 

Whatever your situation, the Career and Employability Service offers a wide range of services and support for postgraduate students. Visit the Careers and Employability Service website for more details.

Links with employers

If you choose Biological Sciences for your postgraduate studies, you will immediately be on your way to a successful career. You will have the opportunity to develop your personal and professional skills we well as your scientific knowledge, ensuring you are well-equipped for your chosen career path.

If you are a Research Council funded student, you will also be invited to attend career development sessions organised by the UK GRAD Vitae Programme.

Our links with major companies, locally and nationally, can often lead to employment opportunities for aspiring world-class scientists.

A range of career options

Postgraduate study in Biological Sciences has opened the door to a variety of careers for our students, including positions in:

I took full advantage of all the courses on offer to post-doc students to help them prepare for the world of work. I’m convinced that played a major part in landing my subsequent job at GlaxoSmithKline.

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