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Biological Sciences

After You Graduate

There are many choices available after gaining your degree. You will leave Southampton with a wealth of skills and a competitive edge, whatever career path you choose.

Graduates leave with a competitive edge
Opening up career options

You may be looking for relevant paid employment straight away, or planning to undertake further study – in which case you could become part of Southampton's 5,000-strong postgraduate student community and have access to state-of-the-art learning resources.

You might be considering a switch into a completely different field, or you may be unsure of where to go next. Whatever your situation, the Careers and Employability Service offers a wide range of services and support to students at all stages of their University life. 

Bioscience graduates from University of Southampton
Biological Sciences graduates

Our volunteering opportunities

A popular option for graduates in the Biological Sciences is career-related voluntary work, including internships and work experience in the UK or overseas. The School is strengthening its links with partner organisations in order to provide more opportunities for graduates to gain practical experience in a work environment.

Further study

We have a busy and high-profile Graduate School supporting research to PhD level. Some of our BSc students stay within Biological Science's for postgraduate work alongside specialists in their chosen field. Others move to related areas of research, for example Medicine or Ocean and Earth Science. If you wish to pursue this option you will need at least a 2:1 honours degree, plus a good range of relevant laboratory fieldwork and/or research experience.

An accelerated BM Medicine degree is another popular route for bioscience graduates, especially those who have studied Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or Pharmacology.

We have a new opportunity for our graduates to study Medicine with American University of Antigua (AUA).



Biological Sciences Graduation 2014

Graduation 2014 marks years of hard work for Biological Sciences students

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MRes Wildlife Conservation

Course not running in 2020-2021 academic year: coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Due to the effect of the coronavirus on our staff and facilities, it's not possible for the University to offer this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. We're regularly updating our coronavirus plans, so check back soon for an update.

Develop the skills and knowledge required of a 21st century conservation biologist on our unique MRes Wildlife Conservation, a collaborative provision programme with conservation Non Government Organisation (NGO), Marwell Wildlife. You will consider conservation along a spectrum, from individuals to species, to populations and communities.

Why study an MRes?  A Master of Research (MRes), has some taught elements, but the main focus is on research skills (usually 33% taught, 66% research), while Master of Science (MSc) degrees are largely taught courses (typically 66% taught and 33% research).

Information on projects available for September 2020 entry is now available under Modules, at the bottom of the page. Please apply by 20 April 2020 for first round interviews in early May.

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Following my second year at Southampton I worked at the institute of developmental science during the summer. It was interesting, fun and gave me great experience of working in a lab. I will be entering into a research career, and I am currently looking for the right PhD opportunity.

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