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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.

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.

Career prospects

By studying at postgraduate research degree or taught degree level you will be equipping yourself with the skills and knowledge to pursue your chosen career destination or significantly enhance your current career path. 

Career destinations of our postgraduate alumni include UK NHS research and development, government departments and research institutes, major pharmaceutical companies, industrial and commercial organisations, new entrepreneurial companies, scientific funding agencies and postdoctoral/academic positions worldwide. Our postgraduate students also find they are better equipped to apply for, and be awarded, promotion within their current employment setting.

Our Faculty has strong links with the NHS, both in teaching hospitals and the local community, Public Health England and public health leads in Local Authorities in the South East.

Career destinations and progression

  • Pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer

  • Local Authority and County Council Public Health Teams

  • Ministry of Defense, Institute of Naval Medicine

  • Non-government organisations such as the Trussell Trust

  • Private sector such as Solutions4Health, ToHealth Ltd

  • UN agencies such as the World Food Programme

  • Research and postdoctoral positions in higher education worldwide

  • NHS

  • National research institutions such as Cancer Research UK, UK Nutrition Biomedical Research Centre, UK Medical Research Council, The NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre

  • British Council, Ghana; Ministry of Health Ghana and Malawi

Career management

Careers advice forms part of our training programme. At the University of Southampton, you will develop skills to help you in your future career. During the course of your studies you will benefit from the comprehensive resources and expert advice provided by our excellent Careers and Employability Service, located on our main Highfield Campus.

Whatever career path you decide to follow, you will be able to move on with a wealth of skills and a real competitive edge.

The Careers and Employability Service offers postgraduates:

  • advice on career planning and developing your employment skills
  • access to careers fairs, employer presentations and employer directories;
  • excellent business connections to help you gain vital work experience
  • key skills workshops, covering CV writing, psychometric tests and interview techniques
  • an interactive website providing information and advice online
  • advice on self-employment and entrepreneurship.
  • access to a careers information centre and online vacancy database (where more than 2,000 employers advertise positions)
  • Southampton Career Network, which provides the opportunity to get help and advice from hundreds of alumni

Career vacancies

You can access current job opportunities by visiting the following websites:

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