Biological Sciences graduate destinations

A Biological Science degree provides graduates with skills applicable to a broad range of careers, especially where their analytical, problem solving, research and IT skills are highly valued.

Data obtained from

  • Biology (BSc and MSci)
  • Plant Sciences (MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 112 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 67%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 49%
Self-employment/freelancing 2%
Running my own business 2%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 2%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 3%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 23%
Taking time out to travel 0%
Caring for someone 1%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 13%
Doing something else 5%

Sector information

Biological Scientists enter a wide range of careers, not always directly related to the content of their studies. Large numbers of graduate vacancies (currently around 70%) are open to graduates of any degree discipline, and areas where Biological Scientists have found work include education, recruitment, IT and careers within the public sector.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates

Research and experimental development on biotechnology


General public administration activities


Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy


Artistic creation


Mixed farming

Other sectors (34 sectors) 44

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • PwC
  • Richmond Pharmacology
  • Tridos Bank Nv
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Cabinet Office

Examples of occupations

  • Lab Technician
  • Organic Grower
  • Clinical Research Scientist
  • Clean Energy Specialist
  • Civil Service Fast Stream

Further study

Graduates undertaking further study entered a wide range of programmes, including biological sciences research, e.g. Biological Sciences (PhD), Environmental Science (PhD); taught Master's programmes, e.g. Biology (MSc), Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences (MSc), Computer Science (MSc); and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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